COVID-19 Update: Food industry companies continue offering support to vulnerable communities

AFRICA – Food Industry companies across the region are continuing with their support to governments, communities and local economies to fight the spread of the Corona Virus and mitigate its effects.

In Ghana, Consumer goods giant, Unilever has donated some of its products i.e. Lipton Tea, Key Soap, Sunlight, Pepsodent and Vim to institutions and organizations aimed to promote proper hygiene and nutrition.

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According to reports by Ghanaiantimes, the beneficiary institutions include the Zebilla District Hospital, The Ghana Immigration Service, The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, The 1st Infantry Battalion, among many others.

Head of Communications and Sustainability Lead of Unilever Ghana, Henry Herbert Malm, said the company’s priority was to support the everyday hygiene and nutrition needs of Ghanaians with its well-known brands.

KIOO Limited, Tanzania glass container manufacturer has donated sanitizers worth Tz25m (US$10,800) in a move to complement the government’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus and help improve the health care system in the country, reports Ippmedia.

Health Adviser with Kioo Limited, Richard Msumule said, “We have more than 600 workers so we see it is important to invest in health because without good health we cannot get competent and healthy labor force.

“We thank the government for its efforts in health sector and we promise to continue working together to help our fellow Tanzanians,” he stated.

In Kenya, a charity drive by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri to feed families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic has received a major boost following a donation of Sh.10 million (US$94,000) from leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy.

The initiative dubbed ‘Hope 4 You’ which is a joint venture between the Archdiocese of Nyeri and the Diocese of Kitui was launched two months ago with the aim of cushioning families facing economic downturns as a result of the pandemic, reports Kenyan News Agency.

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The Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria said so far the initiative has been able to raise over Sh.10 million (US$94,000) and reaching over 5, 200 families with food aid in Nyeri, Kitui and three other dioceses in the country.

“This is the biggest boost we have gotten so far and will aid in reaching a similar number of households,” said Archbishop Muheria.

While launching the initiative, they had projected to feed around 10, 000 households with each receiving a daily ration of Maize meal and vegetables worth Sh. 200 (US$1.88).

Another dairy processing company in Uganda, Jesa Farm Dairy donated food items comprising of 3.2 tonnes of maize flour, 2.1 tonnes of beans, and 1 tonne of ghee, all worth sh20m (US$5,300) to cater to 500 people in Wakiso District, central region of Uganda.

Jesa’s Farm Manager, Dr. Emanuel Iga said vulnerable communities living under a dollar a day are economically struggling and need support, reports New Vision.

“In heeding the President’s call to donate to the COVID-19 relief effort, we have chosen to make this donation because we care about the wellbeing of the people in the communities in which we operate,” said Iga.

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