During global pandemic, Kraft Heinz steps up to feed millions
Special 2020 Glance:
Our Global COVID-19 Response
As the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world, Kraft Heinz is committed to providing nutritious meals to those in need and eliminating global hunger—and there has never been a greater need than during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
While this Report covers The Kraft Heinz Company’s progress and challenges during its 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal/calendar years, the unprecedented events of 2020 and their associated societal consequences require recognition as well. We have provided some details as to how Kraft Heinz has thus far responded to these events. We will report further on our response to these events in our next ESG Report.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected the health and financial wellbeing of millions of people around the world. At the time of this Report’s publication, global cases and deaths are continuing to rise. In an effort to contain the virus’s spread, the world’s largest economies came to a halt, resulting in a simultaneous economic crisis, with countless citizens around the world experiencing job loss and financial hardship, in addition to illness.
When this unprecedented public health crisis escalated in early 2020, The Kraft Heinz Company jumped into action, immediately donating $12 million to help ensure people across the globe had access to the food they need during this challenging time. This international commitment included both financial and product donations in the United States, Italy, Spain, Australia and the Netherlands.
In addition, with the closure of schools in the UK, The Kraft Heinz Company worked with partner Magic Breakfast to provide 12 million breakfasts to hungry and malnourished children in disadvantaged areas. These children would have normally benefited from school breakfast club programmes.
Kraft Heinz Canada announced Kraft Heinz Project Pantry, a new initiative supporting Food Banks Canada by donating 1 million meals and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for those working on the frontlines of Canadian food banks. Kraft Heinz Project Pantry marks another chapter in Kraft Heinz’s long history of supporting food banks in Canada.
The Kraft Heinz Company partnered with Babytree, one of the largest parenting websites in China, to donate more than 4,000 boxes of Heinz infant food to families in need through the Shanghai Fosun Foundation. The company’s products were delivered to 25 hospitals in five Chinese provinces most severely affected by the outbreak.
Kraft Heinz brands, including Heinz Ketchup and Oscar Mayer, have responded to the crisis in their own ways, expanding the company’s impact. Employees and company leaders around the globe continue to reach out to The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation to find out how they can participate in recovery efforts and ask for additional support in their local communities.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, The Kraft Heinz Company continues to evaluate its response and adapt to ensure the health and safety of its employees, and support for all consumers.