SMC's food donation drive to benefit 184,000 families in ECQ areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) — Over 180,000 families affected by the hard lockdown in the NCR Plus bubble will receive food donations from San Miguel Corporation.

Its president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the group's food business San Miguel Foods produced more than 19,500 packs of ready-to-eat meals and about 86,400 pieces of canned goods.

The conglomerate also donated over 148,000 packs of 'Nutribun' bread, with six buns per pack to Pasig City, to be distributed to soup kitchens, medical frontliners, and various communities.

Initial donations were already rolled out to various locations in Metro Manila, including the City of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, and Pateros.

It also extended the donations to nearby provinces Cavite and Laguna, SMC noted.

Distribution of the remaining food donations will resume next week.

"It's important for everybody to stay home as much as possible because of so many cases today. Our hospitals and medical frontliners 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," Ang was quoted as saying in a statement released Saturday.

"We hope that whatever help San Miguel can give to our people will make sheltering in place easier for them," he added.

In 2020, when the COVID-19 started to pose a serious threat to the Philippines, SMC contributed a COVID-19 response initiative worth over ₱13 billion, which included food aid, medical equipment, and other forms of assistance to frontliners.