SMC revives Nutribun to provide food amid Metro Manila lockdown

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) recently earned praise after announcing that it will revive the ‘Nutribun’ to provide food for affected communities in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
SMC revives Nutribun to provide food amid Metro Manila lockdown

With millions of people affected by the lockdown being implemented in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, a lot of workers are left with no money to feed their families. A lot of them are under a “no work, no pay” scheme.

Understanding the need to provide food for these affected communities, SMC announced that it will not be shutting down its operations to ensure that adequate food is provided to the people.


“This isn’t about making profits. We have a responsibility to make sure that food is made available to as many people as possible,” explained SMC President Ramon Ang after announcing that the company will continue food production and run 24/7.

Aside from producing their usual food line, SMC also revives the ‘Nutribun’. As many can recall, this food item was part of the school feeding program back in the 70s and 80s. But the ‘Nutribun’ won’t be sold. Instead, this will be donated to frontliners and communities in Metro Manila.

SMC revives Nutribun to provide food amid Metro Manila lockdown

In true ‘bayanihan’ spirit, SMC will bring this highly nutritious ‘Nutribun’, packed with 250 calories, for donation to charitable groups and communities affected by the lockdown.

Although SMC products are sold across the Philippines, the company announced that it will prioritize communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the highest number of COVID-19 cases have been recorded.

“This is safe, sufficient and nutritious food for the hardest-hit families facing hunger as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Ang.

SMC revives Nutribun to provide food amid Metro Manila lockdown

The company announced that the first batch of Nutribuns will be donated to Caritas Manila.

“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,” Ang added.

Aside from the communities, SMC is also providing alcohol and food packs containing canned food, coffee, and biscuits to checkpoints, hospitals, and LGUs within Metro Manila. The following frontliners will receive the donations from the company:
  • Camp Karingal
  • Eastern Police District
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Las Pinas General Hospital
  • Mandaluyong LGU
  • Northern Police District
  • Paranaque LGU
  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • The Medical City

(Image credits: San Miguel Corporation)

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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