Free food to support vulnerable communities during pandemic

Monday, Apr 13, 2020 17:15

A haemodialysis patient living in the so-called 'dialysis hamlet' in Duong Thanh Nghi Street, Ha Noi, receives a food package from a volunteer. The package includes rice, vegetables, meat and some other neccessities. — Photo courtesy of PepsiCo Vietnam

The “Millions of Meals” campaign was launched on Monday to provide nutritious meals to vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Viet Nam.

The project is being run by PepsiCo Vietnam, its partner Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages and the Central Committee of the Vietnam Youth Federation.

It is starting in Ha Noi and HCM City and will be brought to Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho in the coming weeks.

In Ha Noi, 200 haemodialysis patients at Thanh Nhan Hospital became the first beneficiaries, receiving 600 food packages for three days delivered by PepsiCo and Suntory volunteers and members of the Vietnam Youth Union.

In HCM City, 600 food packages were delivered to underserved communities in Ward 1, Binh Thanh District.

The campaign had funding of VND7 billion (US$298,000) for food packages, with an additional VND1.8 billion of product donations from PepsiCo Vietnam and Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages. PepsiCo Vietnam has also committed VND4.7 billion to provide additional medical supplies for front line hospitals nationwide in five locations in Viet Nam.

Wei Wei Yao, PepsiCo Senior Vice President & General Manager Asia, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of millions of people worldwide. But this impact has been acutely felt by those most vulnerable in society and those on the very front lines of this crisis – in our health and social care services.

“I do hope that by joining hands with communities and the youth nationwide in Viet Nam, this ‘Millions of Meals’ programme grows stronger, and together, we will combat COVID-19.” — VNS

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