15 July 2020: As Ireland progresses in a new phase of its response to the Coronavirus with the reopening of most businesses and the launch of the immensely successful Covid-19 contract tracing app, Nestlé Ireland states that its product and financial donations to frontline workers and NGOs around the country during the pandemic has now surpassed €180,000
Since the beginning of March 2020, Nestlé Ireland has donated:
- More than €50,000 in non-surplus product (cereal, chocolate, confectionery and coffee) donations to FoodCloud
- Over €50,000 in product (cereal, chocolate, confectionery and coffee, pet food and water) to the Irish Red Cross, the HSE, the National Ambulance Services, the Order of Malta, the Irish Cancer Society, the Dublin Simon Community, the DSPCA, MADRA, Limerick Animal Welfare and Ash Animal Sanctuary
- €80,000 in direct financial contributions (€60,000 to the Irish Red Cross and €20,000 to the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Andrew Shaw, Country Business Manager at Nestlé Ireland, said that in a time of unprecedented crisis Nestlé Ireland had substantially stepped up its support to existing partners and established new relationships to aid those on the frontlines and to support the most vulnerable in the community.
“We’re proud to be able to play a part in the national effort to tackle Covid-19, supporting essential service workers and NGOs across the country. While they were on the frontlines – whether in a hospital or contact-tracing centre, in an essential service, charitable organisation or animal shelter – we were glad we could help them with food and refreshments to keep them going.”
“Whether it was coffee or cereal, water, chocolate, or pet food, our team at Nestlé Ireland - with the assistance of our transportation partner Primeline - made sure that wherever in the country they were based, they received the supplies needed to support their continued operations.
“We were delighted to also provide direct financial aid to the Irish Red Cross and the DSPCA, to support their operations at a time of unprecedented challenge and demand. As Irish society slowly reopens, Nestlé Ireland will continue to work with these inspiring organisations, to support their work in our community.”
Iseult Ward, CEO of FoodCloud said:
“Since April, FoodCloud have redistributed record volumes of food to charities all over Ireland. Whilst this represents a huge achievement for our own teams, it also demonstrates the reality of the growing demand for food in communities. The security of supply of Nestlé’s donation of non-surplus stock helped us to maintain our services to our 700+ charity partners, paving the way for us to work with new sectors of the community who have been affected by the economic fallout of Covid-19.”
Jocelino Jorge, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Red Cross, said:
“We would like to thank Nestlé Ireland for their generous donation to the Irish Red Cross. As well as donating funds, Nestlé have kindly offered to provide communities with much needed provisions. The Irish Red Cross has been on the ground helping vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis and has seen the real need experienced by people on a local and national level – this donation will go directly toward alleviating this need. Donations such as this help us to ensure that the work of the Irish Red Cross can continue during this pandemic.”
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About Nestlé in Ireland
Nestlé Ireland is a subsidiary of Nestlé SA, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Nestlé has over 70 brands across seven categories in the Irish market: beverage, confectionery, cereals, food, pet care, dairy and infant nutrition. Its iconic brands include Nescafé, Kit Kat, Rowntree’s, Cheerios, Maggi, SMA as well as Bakers and Felix pet food. Nestlé has a manufacturing site at Askeaton, Co Limerick. Nestlé employs over 800 people in Ireland.