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Nestlé to donate $2 million worth of products to Australians in need

Nestlé Australia and Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) are among the giants taking action to support Australians during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nestlé will donate a minimum of A$2 million worth of products – A$500,000 each fortnight – for the next two months to Foodbank, to support those in need. Nestlé’s donation includes coffee, cereals, meal bases and pet food, which will be distributed through Foodbank’s 2400 charity agencies.

The confectionery giant also has extended its 10-year partnership with Role Models and Leaders Australia, which oversees a school program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, Girls Academy. Nestlé will donate foods to 43 at-risk remote Indigenous communities.

“An act of kindness can go a long way in these uncertain times, with even the smallest gestures having the potential to make a big difference to both individuals and broader communities. Now, more than ever, is a time for Australians to band together and help one another. Together with Foodbank and the Girls Academy, we are aiming to do what we can to make a positive
difference and help those Australians who need it the most during these difficult times,” Nestlé Oceania CEO, Sandra Martinez said.

“As we find ourselves in unprecedented times as a result of coronavirus, more Australians than ever are facing a struggle to make day-to-day ends meet. Nestlé has been a long-standing partner of Foodbank and its ongoing commitment to support Australians is more important and valuable than ever. Foodbank has an exceptional support network of donors and supporters that help us provide food relief to more than 815,000 Aussies a month, during normal times. These are no longer normal times and our partners are rising to the call,” Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey said.

CUB supports frontline staff with hand sanitiser donation

CUB CEO Peter Filipovic. Credit: Eugene Hyland

Meanwhile CUB is donating at least 20,000 litres of hand sanitiser to frontline medical staff

With hand sanitisers in short supply in Australia, the beer giant partnered with hygiene company Ecolab to produce 40,000 500ml bottles.

“CUB always supports the community. And as the nation’s biggest brewer, we have a part to play in battling this unprecedented crisis. Helping the people who are directly fighting the effects of this virus is a good start. We have the relationships and the know-how to get a project like this up and running quickly,” CUB CEO Peter Filipovic said.

“For more than 150 years we’ve helped Australians come together over a beer. Now it’s time to lend a helping hand as they stay apart to fight the virus. We’ll have more announcements soon about how we’re helping pubs and other customers get through this.”

CUB will also create and donate an additional 10,000 litres of hand sanitisers to vulnerable people through support agencies, bottle shops, pubs, clubs and its suppliers, and will provide employees with a supply for their families.

“We are very happy to be partnering with CUB and ensuring hand sanitiser gets to those who need it most. This partnership has provided a big boost to our hand sanitiser production in a time when it’s been crucially needed – especially for our healthcare providers who are on the frontline,” Jan Pacas, managing director, Ecolab AU, NZ, Pacific said.

The first bottles are expected to start leaving Ecolab’s facilities next week.

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