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World Food Day Brings Boost To Schoolchildren In Central Mindanao Thanks To Unilever And WFP

MANILA – As part of this year’s World Food Day celebrations, Unilever Philippines has again renewed its commitment to help improve the health and well-being of Filipino children by donating Php6 million to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding programme in remote and conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.

The amount is being donated through Unilever’s number one food brand, Knorr, and will be used to provide 600,000 hot nutritious school meals to 100,000 public elementary school children in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Lanao del Norte. WFP will be carrying out the programme in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Education.      

“We would like to thank Unilever for its consistent and valuable support to WFP in the Philippines. Over the years, Unilever has mobilized its different brands to come up with innovative and creative ways to help raise awareness of, and mobilize resources for, the fight against hunger – they are true champions of the cause,” said WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson.

“The support that we give to school feeding is just one part of the overall sustainable living plan of Unilever to help improve the nutrition levels of Filipino children and contribute to the Philippines’ effort to meets its Millennium Development Goal targets. But we cannot do this alone. We are privileged to have as a global partner such as the World Food Programme to help us in achieving this goal,” added Unilever Philippines Foods and Customer Development Director Carl Cruz.

Unilever has contributed to WFP and its fight against hunger in the Philippines since 2008, through the global event “Walk the World,” organised in collaboration with TNT Express and DSM to raise funds and awareness for WFP’s work. In the Philippines, Walk the World has generated over PhP13.8 million to fund school meals. 

Globally, Unilever has been a WFP corporate partner since December 2006, donating a total of US$18.7 million to support WFP’s work around the world.
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For more information, please contact:

World Food Programme - Philippines (Email: charlene.tordesillas@wfp.org):
Charlene Tordesillas, WFP/Manila, Tel: +63 2 7502561 Mobile: +639178809368

Unilever Philippines (Email: liza.vengco@unilever.com):
Liza Vengco, Communications Manager, Tel: +63 2 5887342 Mobile: +639088805776