Mars, Inc., one of the largest food producers in the world, supports the fight against COVID-19 in Bulgaria. The company donates 1425 kg of food products that will be delivered to people in need across the country.
Mars provides products to the Bulgarian Food Bank and supports its mission to supply with food the most vulnerable. The donation of the company will be distributed among socially disadvantaged people, who were most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The food producer also supports the medical staff on frontline in the fight against COVID-19. Chocolate bars and gum will be delivered to the health care workers, taking care of the infected all over the country, so that they could get a boost of energy. With this donation Mars takes part in the Bulgarian Medical Association’s campaign “For the heroes in white” and expresses its respect and gratitude to all medical workers who save lives every day.
Global relief efforts
On a global level, as part of its ongoing response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Mars will donate USD 20 million to support the communities in which it operates, and the most vulnerable in its extended supply chains.
The new commitment includes an initial cash and in-kind donation to support the people, pets and communities most affected by COVID-19. The support package includes:
- USD 5 million donation to support the organization CARE for critical supplies and expertise that will be deployed in the developing world, to women, children and refugee populations.
- USD 2 million donation to the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) to aid in the transport and delivery of critical supplies for all United Nations agencies as they respond to the pandemic.
- USD 1 million donation to Humane Society International (HSI) to help cats and dogs that have been abandoned, left behind or surrendered to shelters due to their owners falling ill or no longer having the financial means to care for them.
The balance of USD 12 million will come from a combination of cash and in-kind donations from across the markets where Mars operates as well as donations from its Foundations including: The Mars Wrigley Foundation, VCA Foundation, the Banfield Foundation, the Pedigree Foundation and the Tasty Bite Foundation.
Grant F. Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Mars said: “Our approach for working through this COVID crisis has been, and will continue to be, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our Associates, doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus and caring for our communities. We’re announcing a commitment of USD 20 million in cash and in-kind product donations to support the hundreds of communities where we live and work, or whom we depend upon for our agricultural ingredients. We’re all in this together and we want to do our part to help those most in need.”