As part of ongoing efforts to support communities around the world amid the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, The Starbucks Foundation revealed it is donating more than $3 million to support community response efforts globally.

“As the world grapples with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, we are dedicated to serving communities through the lens of Our Mission and Values: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time,” stated John Kelly, board member of The Starbucks Foundation. “We believe that together we can make a difference, and, together, we will overcome this unprecedented challenge-he added.”

On a global scale, The Starbucks Foundation will contribute $1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the United Nations. The fund strengthens WHO’s efforts to track and understand the spread of the virus, help patients get the care they need, and workers get essential supplies and information and accelerates the development of vaccines, tests, and treatments.

Starbucks is also helping China, where early signs of recovery from COVID-19 are showing, and also will support vulnerable communities in the USA and Canada.

“Diseases don’t respect borders, and I am so grateful to The Starbucks Foundation, one of my home state’s great innovators, for helping fight this pandemic both locally and globally,” stated Elizabeth Cousens, President, and CEO of the UN Foundation. “This historic fund marks the first time everyone can help the World Health Organization’s lifesaving work supporting all countries to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, especially where needs are greatest- she added”

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