Murangá-based food and beverage processor, Del Monte Kenya Limited, has stepped up its humanitarian efforts in response to the COVID –19 pandemic by donating 7,140 cans of canned pineapples worth Sh1 million to feed the frontline health workers and patients at Kenyatta National .
The company will donate the canned pineapples to the two branches of KNH’s Infectious Disease Unit, to bring relief to those most affected by the pandemic.
“Food is at the heart of what Del Monte Kenya produces, and we believe the best way we can support communities during this difficult time is by leveraging our expertise and capabilities, along with help from our partners, to bring food to our neighbors who need it most,” said Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, Del Monte Kenya’s Managing Director.
Adding: “We’re activating our resources to do this now and provide other essential relief, and we will continue to do so as the country unites to tackle COVID-19.”
In addition to the canned pineapple donation, Del Monte Kenya has already made other donations worth Sh1 Million in support of COVID-19 mitigation efforts to Kiambu and Murangá County governments and has promised to continue supporting both county governments and other national government efforts in the fight against Covid-19. Some of the initiatives that the company has undertaken include:
The company will avail fueled spray equipment and experienced workforce to Murang’a County, to be used in the fumigation of public spaces and markets within Murangá County (7 Sub-Counties).
Also the company will provide a 10,000 litres water bowser and well-trained work force to Thika Sub County Rapid Response Team, for the supply of clean water to the installed Handwashing tanks installed for the public in the Sub-County.
It has donated pasta and juices through Thika District Business Association distributed to the most vulnerable persons in the disadvantaged areas of Kiandutu, Goshen, Umoja, and Gashagi, in Thika Sub-County.
The company has also donated water tanks with wash basins to Ndula community in Kiambu County.
The company has also implemented business contingency plans to minimize disruption to the business if employees, suppliers or distribution are impacted, so that it may continue to operate for as long as it is safe to do so.