Nigeria’s leading seasoning brand, Knorr Nigeria, is set to feed at least 1,200 persons everyday in Lagos State.
The feeding programme is Unilever’s way of cushioning the effect of the coronavirus on the most vulnerable people in Nigeria’s commercial nerve.
It is an 8-week programme.
During the period, at least 54,000 persons in different communities in the state will be fed.
Knorr believes that nutritious food should be within everyone’s reach.
It says the feeding programme is one way it is keeping its promise of making a little big difference.
With the Unilever Lagos State Feeding Programme, Knorr will visit about 36 wards across Lagos with different meals a day.
Major Communities In LGAs
The initiative will touch major communities in different local governments.
Shomolu, Alimosho, Surulere, Coker/Aguda, and Apapa/Iganmu are some of the communities where vulnerable persons would benefit from the feeding programme.
At one of the food distribution centres, the Marketing Manager, Savoury at Unilever Ghana-Nigeria, Nnenna Osi-Anugwa, shared the idea behind the feeding programme.
“We believe that nutritious food should be available for everyone, especially in times like this.
“It is an initiative we are very passionate about at Unilever. We see that the impact will ease the effect of the pandemic on vulnerable people.
“We offer foods that provide nutrients to people in need – such as our iron-fortified Knorr cubes.
“And we inspire people to add flavour to their dishes by using nutritious ingredients in their recipes. We have had this in our long term goal.
“We also partner with the World Food Programme to create a brighter future where nutritious food is readily accessible to more people globally.
“So at Unilever, we see these sort of initiatives as really important for us because food is very important.
“We have been to some other local government in Lagos and will still visit others in the coming weeks.
“At the end of this campaign, we hope to feed 54,000 people in Lagos”.
According to the company, the initiative is in line with the brand’s sustainability approach which is to offer foods that provide nutrients to populations in need.
It will also inspire people to add flavour to their dishes by using nutritious ingredients in their recipes.
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In Somolo, a resident who supervises agriculture and community affair in the community, Honourable Adewale Oseni, commended the brand’s effort to reduce hunger and cushion the effect of the pandemic, stressing that the brand has shown a high level of responsibility.
“We are in difficult times and Knorr Nigeria has proven to be relevant in every community by creating these food palliatives to reduce hunger. We are very grateful,” Mr Oseni added.
Knorr also participates in the World Food Day, providing meals to school children together with the World Food Programme.
At least 2 million meals is committed to the programme globally.
Under Knorr Sustainable Living Plan, the company has a global target for 75% of its products to meet salt levels that enable intakes of a maximum of 5 grams per day.