Thousands of New Yorkers affected by Sandy are still without access to food or water—but don't worry guys, because you're about to get some chips and soda! Governor Cuomo announced today that Walmart and PepsiCo will be donating snacks, beverages and supplies to New Yorkers in need. So much for Bloomberg's attempt to banish every trans-fat and sugary drink from the city, they're about to be brought in by the truckload.
PepsiCo donated eight trailer trucks filled with Lipton Tea, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Gatorade, Propel, PepsiNext, Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew, as well to Doritos, Lays, Lays Stax, and Quaker Chewy bars. So don't worry about how your heatless house will handle that temperature drop, you can bulk up on Cool Ranch-based body fat to keep you warm! And while water's certainly welcome—they're also donating Aquafina—we're not sure about the Mountain Dew. Maybe that extra caffeine will keep you awake to ward off those looters.
Walmart was less specific about their six truckloads, listing general dry groceries like juice boxes, snacks and cereal. They're also donating welcome cleaning supplies like sponges, dish soap and disinfectant, as well as board games—like Candyland!
PepsiCo and Walmart's donation is a pretty nice one, and there are a lot of New Yorkers who can use the food and supplies. But we can't help but notice that the deployed goods, particularly PepsiCo's load, offer little-to-no nutritional value, and we're really hoping when Walmart says cereal, they don't mean Fruit Loops. No word yet on whether PepsiCo's soda will come in bottles bigger than 16 ounces, or whether Walmart considers this donation its first invasion of New York's shores.