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184,000 families get some love from SMC

The coronavirus pandemic has made the fight against hunger even tougher as families struggle to put food on the table and make ends meet.

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. continues do its part to help.

It recently launched a new food drive to ensure families in need have access to nourishing food during the two-week enhanced community quarantine proposed by health authorities to curb Covid-19 infections.

Around 184,000 poor families in and around Metro Manila are expected to benefit from this initiative.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said they would distribute 19,000 packs of ready-to-eat meals and 86,400 pieces of canned goods, all produced by its food unit San Miguel Foods.

Initial donations were sent to Metro Manila’s cities and municipalities—Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela and Pateros, as well as cities in the neighboring provinces of Cavite and Laguna. The rest will be distributed next week.

SMC will also donate over 148,000 packs of nutribun bread, with six buns per pack, to Pasig City, to be distributed to soup kitchens, medical front liners, and various communities.

“It’s important for everybody to stay home as much as possible because of so many cases today. Our hospitals and medical front liners are having such a difficult time. Staying at home is really the best way we can help them, and help stop the spread of the virus. We hope that whatever help San Miguel can give to our people will make sheltering in place easier for them,” Ang said.

SMC mounted one of the largest pandemic response from the private sector when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, with total response efforts reaching P13 billion.

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