Amid the growing impact of coronavirus, consumer goods company Unilever is planning to put the power of its U.S. factories to serve those in need.
This Wednesday, the company donated over $8 million in products to food banks across the country. But beyond this, the company is looking also to produce a movement, encouraging and enlisting other companies that have also been working to fill the need to join.
“This is a problem that impacts everybody equally” Fabian Garcia, president of Unilever North America, told USA TODAY. “It’s not just about writing a check. It’s about going and doing an effort yourself.”
To that end, the consumer goods giant is planning a national day of service on May 21, with its 14 U.S. factories donating and delivering the products manufactured that day or products of equal value to those impacted by the virus. The products could amount to an estimated $12 million, according to Unilever.
These food, hygiene, cleaning and sanitation products from brands such as Dove, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and Knorr. will be delivered to non-profit partners, relief organizations, and other community groups who will later distribute them.
Both donation efforts are part of the company’s United for America initiative.
Unilever also donated over 200,000 masks to local hospitals in New Jersey, home to Unilever’s headquarters, to help protect health care professionals. Masks were handed on Monday to the Hackensack Meridian Health network, which serves 13 hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, according to Tom Langan, Unilever’s head of North America Communications, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business.
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Across the country, companies have announced their efforts and contributions to help combat the health crisis, with some also providing supplies and goods for health care workers as well as for people in need.
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