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POET Donating Hand Sanitizer to San Franciscans Without Homes


Amid rising COVID-related hospitalizations in San Francisco, POET has provided 3,200 gallons of hand sanitizer to unhoused locals – with more on the way.


Thursday, August 12, 2021



San Francisco, CA – Today POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels and one of the largest producers of biobased products, announced that it has donated 3,200 gallons of hand sanitizer to Urban Angels SF, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that helps locals without homes while they transition to safe and permanent housing. Amid rising hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, volunteers are distributing POET’s free hand sanitizer in local “Safe Sleeping Villages” to promote hygiene and protect against infections.

Video of Hand Sanitizer Shipment is Available Here

“POET is committed to donating hand sanitizer to those who need it the most,” said Joshua Shields, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. “I’m grateful to all the volunteers in San Francisco who are helping us make life just a little easier for those without homes.”

“Throughout the pandemic, our donors and volunteers have empowered individuals experiencing homelessness to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Urban Angels SF Spokesperson Nelson Barry. “We’re proud to partner with POET to promote health and hygiene in this critical time.”

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, POET sought to alleviate the challenges frontline workers and high-risk individuals faced in accessing hand sanitizer. With supply chain disruptions resulting in hand sanitizer shortages across the country, POET engineers worked around the clock to create a distillation process for corn, which yields a pharmaceutical-grade bioethanol that the company made into the sanitizer product.

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