In the true spirit of ‘bayanihan’, a lot of big companies are helping out to those who are affected by the CQ. One of these is the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), with the conglomerate bringing back the highly nutritious ‘Nutribun’ for distribution to charitable groups and communities affected by the CQ.
Production of the Nutribun has already started, with the company planning to donate the goods to ‘critical’ Metro Manila communities where families have either no access to or are unable to afford ample food amid the CQ.
The first batch of Nutribuns will be donated to Caritas Manila, the company announced.
“This is safe, sufficient and nutritious food for the hardest-hit families facing hunger as a result of the crisis,” said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang.
A popular food item in school feeding programs back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Nutribun packs 250 calories per bun. Thus, it is an excellent food option particularly in this time wherein food might not be easily available to many people, especially poor communities in Metro Manila.
“We will continue to step up and find creative ways to help the neediest and most vulnerable. Panic will not solve anything. We have the means, we just have to work together to win this battle,” Ang added.
Meanwhile, SMC has also donated food packs consisting of canned food, coffee, and biscuits to LGUs, checkpoints, and hospitals within Metro Manila. Some of the beneficiaries identified in the company statement are the following frontliners:
- Philippine General Hospital
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center
- Quirino Memorial Medical Center
- Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
- Las Pinas General Hospital
- St. Luke’s Medical Center
- The Medical City
- Mandaluyong LGU
- Paranaque LGU
- Eastern Police District
- Northern Police District
- Camp Karingal
While SMC products are being sold across the Philippines, the company prioritized frontliners and communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the most number of positive cases have been recorded so far.