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Free food offered to vulnerable groups during pandemic

The “Millions of Meals” programme was launched on April 13, providing 1,200 nutritious meals for vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The programme is being run by PepsiCo Vietnam, its partner Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages and the Central Committee of the Vietnam Youth Federation.

Starting in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, it will come to Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho in the coming weeks.

In Hanoi, 200 haemodialysis patients at Thanh Nhan Hospital became the first beneficiaries, receiving 600 food packages for three days delivered by PepsiCo and Suntory volunteers and members of the Vietnam Youth Union.

In HCM City, 600 food packages were delivered to underserved communities in Ward 1, Bình Thanh district.

The programme has funding of 7 billion VND (298,000 USD) for food packages, with an additional 1.8 billion VND of product donations from PepsiCo Vietnam and Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Beverages. PepsiCo Vietnam has also committed 4.7 billion VND to provide additional medical supplies for frontline hospitals nationwide in five locations in Vietnam.

Wei Wei Yao, PepsiCo Senior Vice President & General Manager Asia, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of millions of people worldwide. But this impact has been acutely felt by those most vulnerable in society and those on the very front lines of this crisis – in our health and social care services.

“I do hope that by joining hands with communities and the youth across Vietnam, this ‘Millions of Meals’ programme will grow stronger, and together, we will win COVID-19.”/