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SMC produces nutribun for affected communities

Komfie Manalo



Food giant San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is reviving the Marcos-era vitamin-enhanced nutribun, for distribution to charitable groups and critical Metro Manila communities where families have either no access to, or unable to afford, food amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

At the same time, the company continues to deliver SMC food products consisting of canned food, coffee and biscuits to local government units, checkpoints and hospitals within Metro Manila. The first batch of nutribuns will be donated to Caritas Manila.

SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang said the bread it started to produce is packed with nutrients and provides instant energy at 250 calories per bun. “This is safe, sufficient and nutritious food for the hardest-hit families facing hunger as a result of the Covid-19 crisis,” Ang said.

Nutribun, which was introduced in the 70s, was distributed primarily to public elementary school students as a complete meal, in a bid to combat child malnutrition in the country.

“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,” he said.

Food donation started in the City of Manila with other cities and hospitals and other frontliners also receiving food donations.

These include:

•    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

The company said it will prioritize communities and hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the most number of Covid-19 cases have been recorded.

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