Positive contributions from dairy continue

By Jim Cornall

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Chobani has been supplying food banks across the US. Pic: Chobani
Chobani has been supplying food banks across the US. Pic: Chobani

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In the US, Chobani has launched Chobani Pantry – a new way to help local food banks.

The company’s founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, shared announced the initiative on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Chobani said it will send a truck a day, for the foreseeable future, to food banks across the US in need of supplies.

This builds on the million cups of yogurt already donated to communities over the past few weeks.

The company said it will also offer help through its digital brand –online advertising, website, social media, and beyond – to Feeding America.

Chobani vehicles will also visit hospitals, food banks, and other places where front line workers need food across America – including New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit.

Vinamilk gives out face masks and milk

Vietnamese dairy company Vinamilk recently donated $500,000 to the coronavirus fight, and now it is helping under-privileged children in the country.

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Pic: Vinamilk

UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore recently said, "Unless we act now to address the pandemic's impacts on children, the echoes of COVID-19 will permanently damage our shared future.”

On April 11, the annual "Stand Tall Vietnam" milk fund in 2020 was officially kicked-off with VND12.5bn ($531,000) worth of milk, which equates to 1.7m 180ml boxes of milk.

The products were distributed to under-privileged children who are currently raised, receiving education, or supported by social protection centers, orphanage centers, and SOS children village centers.

Also, the "Million footsteps push Corona away" initiative was ogranized in mid-March by Vinamilk with the objective of encouraging Vinamilk members to "sit less, walk more, be active" in order to improve their health condition which would help them maintain high productivity at work while fighting off coronavirus.

Moreover, for every footstep contributed by its members, the company is donating VND100 (0.42 cents) to the program to provide under-privileged children with face masks, handwashing liquid, food and other essential items.

Initially, the program targeted 5m footsteps, but reached four times that amount in only one week, which raised VND 2bn ($85,000), or 60,000 face masks, 6,000 soap bottles and 86,000 180ml boxes for children.

Besides relief programs for children, Vinamilk has also donated nearly VND 15bn ($630,000) to the community's fight against coronavirus, including VND 5bn ($212,500) worth of products and protective gears to frontline doctors and medical workers, and VND 10bn ($425,000) to authorities for the purchase of medical equipment, including test reagents.

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