During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the community quarantine, more individuals and families have struggled to put food on the table. As many lost their jobs because of the challenges their respective companies faced amid the health crisis, more and more parents are being left with no choice but to resort to cheaper—and oftentimes less healthy—food for their children.
This is why the San Miguel Corporation stepped in to help address issues surrounding hunger in the country. With many being jobless and struggling to feed their families amid the pandemic, San Miguel has been active in providing healthier food to the urban poor. In fact, just recently, the multi-national company revived its popular “Nutribun,” a vitamin-fortified and energy-packed bread, for distribution to families in the Metro.
“These are difficult times for all of us. Even businesses, big and small, including San Miguel, are not spared of the economic impact of COVID-19,” San Miguel President and COO Ramon Ang says. “Many families are struggling to cope. What more the most disadvantaged among us—those who rely on daily paid work, or those who have no means of income at all?”
Nutribun for Healthier Communities
We revived the ‘nutribun’ to distribute them for free and help poor communities weather the Covid-19 crisis. Here’s what goes inside this humble bread.
San Miguel will have kiosks established in around 30 Petron gas stations that are close to what we call “depressed areas.” These kiosks will serve as distribution centers for the nutribun and feeding areas for those from the target communities.
San Miguel has already started to procure ovens for the said distribution kiosks, and will eventually offer rice porridge and other meals that would go with bread. (Read: San Miguel to Build Hubs Where Farmers Can Sell Produce Free of Charge)
“We hope this feeding program will help sustain many of our countrymen who are struggling through these difficult times. As a company that has food as one of its main line of businesses, we believe no Filipino should go hungry despite the hardships we’re facing today. We are committed to doing our part to making sure this goal is achieved, however way we can,” Ang said.
The initial target communities for the Nutribun project are Payatas, Caloocan, Malolos, and Tondo, among others. San Miguel will also be in partnership with the respective local government units to reach more communities in need.