ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 18, 2017 – Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, are providing $1 million in grants and products to support relief efforts and help families recover from Hurricane Irma. The Abbott Fund is providing $900,000 in grants to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief and Feeding America to help communities in the Southeastern U.S., Puerto Rico and other affected islands in the Caribbean. Abbott is donating $100,000 in nutrition and healthcare products to relief organizations providing on-the-ground support in affected communities.
Abbott and the Abbott Fund previously announced $1 million in donations to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. The donations following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey also build on earlier work with our partners Direct Relief and Feeding America to help communities prepare for the 2017 hurricane season. Abbott nutrition and healthcare products were stored at health clinics and food banks in advance of hurricane season in Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and Texas. As a result, these clinics and food banks were able to quickly respond to meet immediate needs following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Altogether, the combined Abbott and Abbott Fund support for hurricane preparation and relief is more than $2 million in products and grants to help families in affected areas.
About Abbott and the Abbott Fund
As part of its commitment to helping people build better lives and stronger communities, Abbott has a long history of providing humanitarian relief around the world. Over the past decade, Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund have provided more than $40 million in funding and products to help meet both immediate needs and support long-term recovery efforts. In recent years, this included a rapid response to earthquakes in Chile, China and Haiti, typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam, and hurricanes in the U.S.
At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.
The Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott in 1951. The Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand access to healthcare and strengthen communities worldwide. For more information on the Abbott Fund, visit www.abbottfund.org.