Feeding America will distribute the products via the organization’s Feeding Florida affiliate to help protect local at-risk families from mosquito-borne diseases like Zika virus.
“Doing the right thing is an important part of SC Johnson’s culture. It’s our responsibility to use our more than 60 years of insect science expertise to help families protect themselves against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The people of SC Johnson are proud that we could provide product and education to families. We remain committed to helping those most vulnerable.”
In February 2016, SC Johnson announced it would donate at least $15 million in pest control products and financial support to charitable organizations in response to last year’s global outbreak of Zika and dengue fever. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 million people globally die each year from diseases transmitted from mosquitoes.
As the world’s leading manufacturer of pest control products, SC Johnson partnered with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and health foundations globally to provide personal insect repellents, spatial repellents and household insecticides to millions of families in need. As part of the donation, the company also provided monetary contributions to cover logistics, distribution and education materials.
“We’re excited to partner with SC Johnson to provide Florida families with the tools necessary to reduce the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases,” said Robin Safley, executive director of Feeding Florida. “The Feeding Florida statewide network of food banks is critical in mobilizing the necessary resources tailored to meet the needs of each community. This donation will help provide families throughout Florida protection from the mosquitoes that may carry disease.”
More than 4.8 million units of SC Johnson repellent and insecticide products were shipped to NGOs for distribution to those communities in greatest need primarily in the United States, Caribbean and South America.