COVID-19: PepsiCo, FoodClique offer 1m meals to the poor
By Samuel Ogunsona
Millions of poor Nigerians have received a boost from PepsiCo Nigeria.
The group in a report made available to Irohinoodua has unveiled its 1m meals initiative aimed to reducing the hash economic conditions brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
The social media slogan hashtag #GiveMealsGiveHope to feed vulnerable communities amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Enabled by the PepsiCo Foundation, the meals will be packaged and distributed by FoodClique Support Initiative, an NGO with proven reputation in fighting hunger, identifying the most vulnerable communities through their volunteer network and working with community leaders.
PepsiCo’s Sergio Paya, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa Beverages said, “We launched the Give Meals, Give Hope program to meet the basic needs of the most impacted segments of the Nigerian population, as food is at the heart of what PepsiCo does. As one of the leading food and beverages companies in Nigeria and across the African continent, we believe that we have a responsibility to focus on providing essential food items to those affected by this pandemic.”
FoodClique’s Founder and CEO, Bolajoko Fadipe explains, “We are at the forefront of the fight against hunger in Nigeria. The current pandemic has exacerbated the need to provide food across the country. Through our #GiveMealsGiveHope partnership with PepsiCo, we will organize food boxes and leverage on our network to distribute to those who need support the most.”
The #GiveMealsGiveHope relief initiative is part of a US$45 million global initiative launched by PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation, focused on helping people and communities most affected by this devastating virus.
The company is funding vital support including protective gear for healthcare workers, testing and screening services, and is already in the process of distributing more than 50 million nutritious meals to at-risk populations by supporting Food Banks and other partners around the world.