US-based food company Kraft Heinz has announced $12m international commitment to support communities impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Out of the total donation, the company has allocated $6.6m to ensure consumers in the US impacted by the pandemic have food.
The company noted that it will be donating $4.7m worth of food products, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Heinz Gravy, Planters Nut Mixes, DEVOUR frozen meals, and several other items to member food banks of hunger-relief organisation Feeding America.
Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said: “We at Kraft Heinz have an enormously important role to play in making sure people have the food and nourishment they need – and that’s especially critical at this challenging moment.
“This donation is an immediate and impactful way we can help our neighbours in need around the world and help fill this critical gap.
“We are very pleased to make these donations on behalf of our worldwide employees, who are working especially hard during this time to provide consumers and their families with products they know and trust. We are all in this together and are reminded that we’re only as strong as our most vulnerable.”
In addition to food banks in the US, the company will be working with other food bank partners in countries such as Italy, Spain, Australia and the Netherlands.
The company also noted that it will be donating $1.9m in cash to Feeding America for food banks located nearby the company’s offices and facilities.
Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot said: “We are grateful for this extremely generous donation from Kraft Heinz, and for the company’s pledge to donate much-needed products to food banks across the country.
“Generosity from companies like Kraft Heinz makes it possible for the Feeding America network to help provide food and other essentials to communities impacted by this pandemic.”
This is in addition to the company’s previous contributions made in China.
In the UK and Canada, the company has made arrangements to offer free breakfasts for affected school children and 100,000 KD/Kraft Dinner boxes respectively.