“Millions of Meals 2021” continues humanitarian mission
Following its success in 2020, the “Millions of Meals” programme for 2021 has been has been launched to support communities affected by COVID-19, especially in provinces and cities that are severely affected by the pandemic. The program is implemented by the Central Committee of Vietnam Youth Federation, PepsiCo Vietnam, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverage, CARE International in Vietnam and Aid for Social Protection Program Foundation Vietnam (AFV).
Millions of Meals is a joint effort to deliver food to communities impacted by COVID-19, initiated by global PepsiCo Foundation last year. Along with the message "Give Meals – Give Hope", the program started on April 10th, 2020 and has reached 18 provinces and cities affected by COVID-19.
To date, “Millions Of Meals” has distributed more than 736,000 meals worth over 11 billion VND to nearly 47,500 beneficiaries. And to continue promoting the programme implementation in 2021, the global PepsiCo Foundation continues to support this program by committing 4.58 billion VND to provide free meals, along with products donated by Lay's and Pepsi brands equivalent to more than 700 million VND.
At the first phase of this year, the partners will prioritize 5 provinces and cities, including Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, HCM City, Ha Tinh, and Nghe An, to distribute 240,000 nutritious meals to approximately 16,000 people affected by COVID-19. The beneficiaries receiving support include underserved communities, especially people living in poverty, the elderly, the unemployed, informal workers and those who lost incomes due to the pandemic, and underserved students.
In the period leading up to start distributing meals, Mr. Nguyen Tuong Lam – Secretary of the Central Youth Union, Standing Vice President of the central committee of Vietnam Youth Federation shared: "The ‘Millions Of Meals’ program is one of the concrete, practical actions of members, companies and organizations in accompanying the country to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic. With the message ‘Give Meals – Give Hope’, the Organizers call for accompaniment and support from individuals and organizations to deliver more meals to people in need, with the belief that together we will soon overcome the pandemic."
As a partner and active contributor to the programme, Sudipto Mozumdar, General Manager and Vice President of PepsiCo Indochina Food BU, said: “PepsiCo Vietnam is honored to continue collaborating with our partners to implement Millions of Meals. In 2020, the programme proved its effectiveness by directly distributing hundreds of thousands of meals to people who were hardest-hit by COVID-19, along with those communities affected by the historic flood in November 2020. And this year, thanks to the PepsiCo Foundation and the support of key partners that have joined our movement, we are aiming to not leave anyone behind.”
“Millions Of Meals” – It not only brings practical support, but also spreads a positive message of unity and solidarity, by which impacted communities and society at large can join hands to give millions of meals to those most affected.