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|The donations from PepsiCo Vietnam, including food and other essential items, will be handed out every three days during the Millions of Meals programme|
Through the Millions of Meals programme, the funds will help provide nutritious meals to groups at risk of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam, as part of PepsiCo’s global Give Meals, Give Hope initiative.
The programme was launched yesterday (April 13) in partnership with the Central Committee of Vietnam Youth Federation, as a response to the prime minister's current call for to leave no one behind to support the hardest-hit communities. The Millions of Meals programme seeks to inspire the business community and society to join hands in creating one million meals or more for vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
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. At PepsiCo, we want to use our expertise in food to make sure we’re playing a part in the national relief effort. I do hope that by joining hands with communities and the youth nationwide in Vietnam, this Millions of Meals programme will grow stronger and together we will combat the effects of COVID-19.
Wei Wei Yao - Senior vice president and general manager, Asia, PepsiCo
PepsiCo Vietnam and Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages gave out VND7 billion ($304,350) for food packages, with an additional VND1.8 billion ($78,260) worth of products donated from its brands to initiate the Millions of Meals programme in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, before extending the programme to three other cities in Vietnam.
The first 200 beneficiaries, who are hemodialysis patients in Thanh Nhan, Hanoi, received 600 food packages for three-day use, delivered by PepsiCo and Suntory volunteers and members of the Vietnam Youth Union.
Besides, 600 other food packages have been delivered to underserved communities in Ward 1, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City. Additional food packages will be delivered in Danang, Haiphong, and Can Tho in the coming weeks.
In addition, PepsiCo Vietnam has also committed VND4.7 billion ($204,350) to support frontline hospitals in five locations in Vietnam. Specifically, the beverage giant will work with local non-profits nationwide to provide additional medical supplies to individuals in need and support local communities where it operates.
Not only in Vietnam but globally, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation have committed more than $45 million so far to combat the impacts of the devastating coronavirus by providing vital local humanitarian support as well as distributing more than 50 million nutritious meals worldwide.
The Millions of Meals programme is one example of how PepsiCo is providing critical support to communities affected by COVID-19 around the world, and is partly funded by The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo.
As one of the leading global food and beverage companies, PepsiCo is working closely with the public sector to help stabilise food and beverage supply operations and help meet consumers’ needs with products available in the market.