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McDonald’s, partners giving meals to frontliners, needy

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McDo Kindness Kitchen ABS-CBN Team. (Contributed photo)

MANILA — McDonald’s Philippines has pledged 50,000 meals to be served to medical health workers, police, local government unit volunteers, government agencies and local communities in recognition of their selfless efforts of containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

The meals will be prepared through the McDo Kindness Kitchen of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the charity of choice of McDonald’s Philippines.

Through McDo Kindness Kitchen, select restaurants of the quick service restaurant giant, dedicate the operations of their kitchens to prepare the meals of beneficiaries.

Each McDo Kindness Kitchen produces 1,500 meals a day, prepared by restaurant crew and managers, and employee volunteers. Partner companies and institutions support the charity program in the mobilization and distribution of meals.

McDo Kindness Kitchen with healthcare staff of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. (Contributed photo)

“We continue to reinforce our commitment to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos by providing aid to Filipinos in need during this very challenging time,” RMHC Executive Director Marie Angeles said.

“We also want to thank our partner companies, such as the ABS-CBN Foundation, Coca- Cola, and Angkas for providing transportation to distribute the meals” Angeles added.

RMHC now accepts cash donations from individual and corporate donors who wish to support McDo Kindness Kitchen. By donating, one can cover costs for a meal worth 50 pesos per person.

McDonald’s ABS-CBN was activated as the first McDo Kindness Kitchen last 20 March for ABS-CBN Foundation’ Pantawid ng Pag-ibig program. Together, over 17,000 meals have already been served to different communities. There are three other McDo Kindness Kitchen operating in Las Pinas, Cebu Escario and Makati.

McDo Kindness Kitchen with law enforcers in Las Pinas. (Contributed photo)

Since the announcement of the enhanced community quarantine, McDonald’s Philippines and RMHC have started supporting healthcare workers and other frontliners. Since 15 March, more than 30,000 meals have been distributed to 40 hospitals and beneficiaries of local government offices within Metro Manila and Mindanao.

Continuous support is being provided through the efforts of the company and its charity of choice as the distribution of meals is also extended to various communities that lack access to food.

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