Cargill pledges 16 million meals to support Covid-19 relief across 16 cities

Cargill has pledged 16 million meals to feed families through dry ration kits and cooked meals. The relief efforts will impact 150,000 families across 16 cities in India; including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kurkumbh, Kandla, Surat, Bengaluru, Davangere, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Bhatinda, Noida, Nagpur, Varanasi and Jaipur.

To implement this, the company is working with three NGO partners - Akshaya Patra Foundation, Feeding India and India Food Banking Network (IFBN), reaching out to communities pan-India.

The dry ration kits include food items like pulses, rice, oil, wheat flour and spices depending on local requirements. And cooked meals are also being served daily across these states. The company's efforts also include a monetary contribution to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM Cares Fund).

“This global crisis requires a fully concerted approach to be adopted. Given the critical nature of our business, we are cognizant of our role in the relief and recovery efforts. We are doing everything needed to ensure supply of essential food and feed products continues. On the other hand, we are supporting local authorities and reaching out through NGO partners to provide food items and meals to nourish those impacted. We will continue helping communities during this time of need,” said Simon George, president, Cargill India.

Sundeep Talwar, chief marketing officer, Akshay Patra Foundation, said, “Our partnership with Cargill has strengthened our resolve to serve the ones most affected in this hour of crisis. Support from Cargill shall enable provision of cooked meals and dry ration kits for thousands of marginalised families who have lost their livelihood. We hope our collaborative efforts will alleviate the burden for these families.”

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