The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Novotel Manila AranetaCenterhave partnered to reduce hunger in most vulnerable communities through a signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) that aims to establish regular food donation drives in Marikina, Caloocan, and nearby areas.
In a ceremonial signing of MOU led by PRCSecretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab and Novotel General Manager Michael Andrew Brown, Novotel pledged to provide safe and untouched food to children, the elderly, and sick individuals in communities selected by local PRC chapters. The concerned chapter will also provide manpower and organize the food donation activity.
“By partnering with us in alleviating human suffering, you become a game changer in the culinary industry. You don’t just help address food wastage, you also became a partner in saving lives,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Prior to the formal signing, PRC and Novotel have already reached out to over 1,800 individuals since March this year in 22 food donation activities held in Quezon City, Caloocan, Navotas, and Marikina.
The food donation drive builds on Republic Act 9803 or the Food Donation Act of 2009, a law authored by Gordon that encourages companies to donate “apparently wholesome food” that meets all quality and labelling standards for charitable purposes.
Aside from Novotel, PRC and other hotels, restaurants, and bakeries such as Marriott, Eng Bee Tin, Felix, Wildflour BGC, Alba, Gardenia, Albergus, Walter Bread, Marby, and Rei Toh Cold Storage are holding food donation drives in Metro Manila.