Coca-Cola together with its partner CARE Bangladesh is supporting over 50,000 people from disadvantaged communities with a month’s food rations to help them tide over the current COVID-19 hardships.
This distribution is a part of Coca-Cola's commitment of TK 115 million (Tk 11.5 crore) to support the government’s ongoing efforts against COVID-19, according to a press statement on Wednesday.
The four-day relief distribution programme which commenced today (Wednesday) will continue till May 23 to cover major COVID-19 outbreak hotspots in the country, including Dhaka, Gazipur, Mymensingh and Cumilla.
The relief programme has been kicked off in Dhaka where 1,000 families consisting of 4,000 beneficiaries have been supported. Households were provided with a month’s food packages, ‘dignity kits’ for women and adolescent girls along with personal hygiene material such as facial masks, soaps, and detergent, to meet their immediate needs.
The first day’s distribution programme was graced by Elias Uddin Mollah, MP of Dhaka-16 constituency. Taijul Islam Chowdhury Bappi, Councillor of ward-6, DNCC was also present as special guest, according to the statement.
Chief guest MP Elias Uddin Mollah said, “During this time of pandemic, one act of kindness sparks off another act of generosity. I encourage all other entities to come forward and join hands in this humanitarian war against COVID-19.”
Prabodh Devkota, deputy country director – Programme of CARE Bangladesh said “I appreciate the generous support from the Coca-Cola and our local partner Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) colleagues, team and volunteers to make this happened.”
“Currently, CARE Bangladesh is mobilizing our response efforts in more than 27 districts in coordination with our partners in different districts. We have been able to reach out to 1,137,162 people as of April. Our efforts are continuing and we are very closely collaborating with the government efforts,” he added.