Food and drink giant Nestlé is giving the British and Irish Red Cross Societies more than £200K to help support those hit hardest by coronavirus.

The sum is a share of a 10 million Swiss Francs (CHF) donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s global appeal to help combat the pandemic.

The IFRC has a long-standing partnership with Nestlé. Both were set up in Switzerland over a century ago and each now has a presence in nearly every country in the world.

The British Red Cross will receive approx. £155K and the Irish Red Cross approx. £52K (60,000 Euros). Nestlé is also donating water, coffee and chocolate treats to food supplies for those in need.

British Red Cross Chief Supporter Officer Paul Amadi, said: “Our staff and volunteers are working with those who would otherwise have little or no support. We’re making sure people who can’t leave their homes, and who don’t have friends and family around them, have the food and medicines they need. We’re helping many who are already in poverty to survive, including refugees and those in the asylum system. This donation will help ensure that we can continue to support some of our hardest hit communities as we start to emerge from this crisis and recover and rebuild.”

Stefano Agostini, Nestlé UK&I CEO, said: “The Red Cross is doing vital work and I am pleased that we are able to make this donation to support their activities in communities across the UK and Ireland. Now is the time, more than ever, for businesses like Nestlé to step up the support for those hardest hit. We will continue that support through product donations, encouraging our employees to volunteer, matching employee donations, in addition to our corporate financial contribution. Across Nestlé, our teams are working hard to maintain the supply of food and drink and, in all of our communities, we will continue play our part in the collective response to this global crisis.”

Globally, Nestlé is donating food, medical nutrition products and bottled water to IFRC’s relief operation and helping with logistics. Any donations to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or to the Federation by its staff will also be doubled by the company.

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