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PepsiCo partners with FoodClique to distribute more than 1 million meals to the most vulnerable communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lagos, 21st May, 2020 – PepsiCo Nigeria today unveiled a 1 Million Meals initiative to provide meals to vulnerable communities amidst the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative led locally by PepsiCo and enabled by The PepsiCo Foundation – the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo,will serve more than 1 million meals to communities most impacted by the socio-economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has worsened the existing food insecurity situation in Nigeria.In response to this unfolding global social and economic crisis, PepsiCo is committing to supporting and partnering with reputable NGOs to target communities and alleviate the impact of COVID-19. The #GiveMealsGiveHope initiativewill be rolled out in partnership with FoodClique– local NGO experts, fighting hunger by identifying the most vulnerable communities through their volunteer network and working with community leaders.

PepsiCo’s Sergio Paya, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa Beverages said,

“We launched the Give Meals, Give Hope program to meet the basic needs of the most impacted segments of the Nigerian population, as food is at the heart of what PepsiCo does. As one of the leading food and beverages companies in Nigeria and across the African continent, we believe that we have a responsibility to focus on providing essential food items to those affected by this pandemic.”

FoodClique’s Founder and CEO, Bolajoko Fadipe explains,

“We are on the forefront of the fight against hunger in Nigeria. The current pandemic has exacerbated the need for food across the country. Through the Give Meals Give Hope partnership with PepsiCo we will be able to organize food boxes and leverage our network to distribute to those who need support the most.”

The #GiveMealsGiveHope relief initiative is part of a US$45 million global initiative launched by PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation, focused on helping people and communities most affected by this devastating virus. The company is funding vital support including protective gear for healthcare workers, testing and screening services, and is already in the process of distributing more than 50 million nutritious meals to at-risk populations by supporting Food Banks and other partners around the world.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Lays, 7UP, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Sting, Kurkure and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About The PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Foundation: Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with non-profits and experts around the globe, we’re focused on helping alleviate hunger, managing water and waste responsibly and supporting women as champions of nutrition from farm to family. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to affect large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and are of global importance. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

About FoodClique

A Non-Profit Charity Organization that stores and distribute purchased or donated perishable and non-perishable foods to the food insecure people through community outreach and partnership with other agencies.Since inception FoodClique has been at the forefront of fighting wide spread hunger, using various programs, among them are a community kitchen, Free School meal program for children of low-income parents, Bag of Hope for the elderly, Inmate Relief Program for prisoners, After Hunger Rehabilitation program, Food Hampers for the Destitute or Homeless, Food for Tot.

All through six gruesome weeks of COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria, even as Federal and State governments bungled the grinding task of sharing palliatives to the country’s most vulnerable masses, one strategic collaboration between non-government organisations stood out as it fed over 25,000 people across Lagos State and its immediate environs.

Leveraging on the expertise gained from 11 years of battling hunger through their community kitchen, free school meals, family meals and zero hunger programs , FoodClique Support Initiative led by its CEO, Bolajoko Fadipe partnered with Noella Foundation led by Seyi Tinubu through the “We are #strongertogether campaign” to neatly packed edibles (dry cook-able foods) in print-branded brown cartons and expertly despatched by our tirelessly volunteers in buses, cars, motorbikes and bicycles to locations both near and far flung from the NGO’s operational base in Yaba, Lagos State.

FoodClique and Noella Foundation COVID-19 exploits in helping government combat hunger among the helpless, drew the attention of Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who commended the charity organisation via video conferencing in March 2020 with Bolajoko Fadipe. The FoodClique/Noella Foundation volunteers also got invited to the Lagos State Government House in April 2020 where they got the commendation of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, his wife and his COVID-19 workforce.

In a media statement issued by Dr. Kunle Hamilton, a FoodClique partner and communication consultant, Fadipe explained how the FoodClique idea was born 11 years ago and the new strategic partnerships that have helped them fight hunger in the land thanks to their volunteers.

“On my birthday 11 years ago, instead of rejoicing with friends, I felt a stronger urge to feed the poor and homeless and that’s exactly what I did. Fast forward to March 2020, at FoodClique, we were still contemplating our usual free community kitchen for the less privileged, until the realities of COVID-19 hit all of us.

“Our slogan at FoodClique is that hunger has a voice and with COVID-19, we heard hunger’s voice loud and clear. And we are grateful to God for the partnership of Noella Foundation chaired by Mr. Seyi Tinubu whose financial commitment and enormous goodwill extended our capacity to feed tens of thousands of vulnerable Nigerians.”

Speaking about the commitment of Noella Foundation to this humanitarian gesture, Seyi Tinubu said “It is our duty to give back to the society and I’m always hands on to help because I know the situation we are in right now is not an easy one, especially for business owners. But with our collective effort, we will achieve a lot more.”

Confident and excited, FoodClique CEO Fadipe concluded by saying, “We are grateful to God that after 11 years of our transparency and commitment to feeding the vulnerable in our society thanks to our volunteers, a good number of organisations have teamed up with FoodClique to help us defeat hunger in our land.

“Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, we have been packing and distributing food boxes from the sanitized auditorium of CCC PraiseVille and ShaddaiVille Ministries at no cost. We could not have meet the growing number of daily emergency boxes without our partners, donors, volunteers and Praiseville ; a venue used for Church service but for now , it has become a vital link in the distribution chain for our emergency food boxes for the vulnerable in the society . Indeed, we are stronger together and this is what must define us as Nigerians at this crucial time in our history.”

FoodClique and Noella Foundation food boxes got to communities like Spencer and Borno Way in Yaba, Makoko, Ebute Metta, Akoka, Iponri, Lagos Island, Bariga, Agege, Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, Alimosho, Igando, Igbogbo, Festac, Oshodi, Ikotun, Ojuelegba, Surulere, Ijede, Ajah, Ojo, Iyana Ipaja among others

Hunger is at the heart of every community, to extirpate it, you will have to get to its roots where adults and children struggle for a single meal from dawn to dusk daily. Hunger and malnutrition are, without a doubt, the two most difficult predicaments in the world.

n continued effort to eradicate poverty in Nigeria, Noella Foundation in Collaboration with Food Clique Support has distributed another 2,500 COVID-19 Emergency FoodBox to residents of Lagos Island and Oshodi in Lagos state.

This is in addition to the 21,700 Emergency boxes distributed to residents of Mushin, Agege, Epe, Badagry, Bariga, Oworonsoki, Yaba, Iyana Ipaja, Idimu, Festac, Makoko, Surulere, Ojuelegba, Alimosho, Igando, Jakande, Ibeju Lekki, Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Ibeshe, Ikoyi, Ebute Metta, Gowon Estate, Shagari Estate, Victoria Island, Ojo Alaba, Lekki, and Onipanu amongst others.

Seyi Tinubu, co-Founder, Noella Foundation in collaboration with FoodClique distributing part of their 20,000 covid-19 Emergency FoodBoxes, containing over 600,000 meals to Lagos residents during the lockdown.

The Founder Noella Foundation and CEO Loatsad Promomedia, Seyi Tinubu who disclosed this on Thursday noted that the over 20,000 emergency food boxes distributed contains over 600, 000 meals and said the foundation will be providing free daily fasting meals for Muslims during the Ramadan period. The initiative, Seyi Tinubu noted, will put smiles on the faces of the thousands of beneficiaries.

According to Tinubu, “We keep learning better ways of doing these mass outreaches to support our House-to-House effort and kudos to the various teams of partners and volunteers for ensuring the difficult task of social distancing is achieved despite the seeming difficulty and huge crowds.

Seyi Tinubu, co-founder of Noella Foundation and Bolajoko Fadipe, founder, Foodclique during their covid-19 emergency foodbox outreach which has so far provided 600,000meals during the lockdown in Lagos

“We have now provided over 600,000 meals, we intend to reach more areas and do even more.

“In the spirit of Ramadan and our goal of leaving no one behind in the fight against hunger, we have also embarked on providing free daily iftar meals in some areas across Lagos with FoodClique Support. It’s the little we can do to put the smiles on the faces of beneficiaries.

“We are grateful for the privilege we have to be in a position to help and nothing will stop us from doing more”. He added.

COVID-19 and how to stop itsongoing war on mankind is what’s keeping everyone awake day and night, even my 4-year old daughter has somehow caught wind of how to pronounce the word Coronavirus. Nations are probably unwillingly forced to fight this fight on their own as everyone is scrambling to protect its citizenry with limited personnel and resources.

Wuhan, China where it all started from is not yet out of the woods but kudos to the Chinese government for their outreaches so far particularly to Italy and also to Jack Ma for sending millions of prevention and testing kits to be shared among African countries. The city has now clocked about 60 days of total lockdown and witnessed the past 4 consecutive days of zero infection.

Unfortunately, the virus has managed to find its way to Nigeria, Lagos taking the hardest hit. Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari on the recommendation of the presidential task force on COVID-19 closed all land borders, in addition to the earlier directives to shut all international airports. In many states across the federation particularly Lagos, State workers from Level 12 below have been asked not to report to work, mass congregations and all non-essential outings banned. All these measures technically imply that Nigeria is already under lockdown.

The government and the people have to find ways to make life go on. We all probably have never experienced anything like this before wherein we fear that there is an invisible virus out there to catch us once we step out of our homes. As a Nigerian currently residing in Wuhanand in light of the recent COVID-19 developments in our country,I want to share my experience of the lockdown in Wuhan and outline a few recommendations for the government and the people based on my experience.

 

The Wuhan Experience

The approach of lockdown put in place in Wuhan which effectively started Monday, January 20, 2020,was sequential.At the initial stage of the lockdown, public transportation was cut-off. However, movement of persons was not restricted, private vehicle owners and UBER were also allowed to operate, this lasted for about one week. During this period, shops were open and people had started to stock up their supplies. Afterward, motorized vehicles were banned from moving, which meant that the only means of movement could be by bikes and bicycles. The only places available/open to going were malls, (not open markets) to purchase food supplies. Within the malls, only shops that sold groceries were open while all other shops (clothes and non-essentials) were shut.

This second stage lasted for about two-three weeks, during this phase, only one registered member of a household is allowed to leave the estate/community to go out once in a week to fetch food supplies for the family. The final stage, by far the longest and which is still in the place till now is probably the strictest whereby all forms of movement of unauthorized persons were prohibited. We are not allowed to leave our places of abode.

The only way we have been getting food supply at this stage is to purchase food items via online e-commerce platforms, not individual orders but group-buy i.e. the entire estate buys its various commodities as one entity and share according to individual order when delivered.

To minimize physical contact, several groups were created on WeChat which is like the WhatsApp predominantly used in Nigeria. For each estate, we have groups for live fish, groups for provisions, groups for frozen food items, groups for perishables, etc. If you need an item, you send your request in the group and the organizers pool-buys the group orders once or twice in a week.

 

Delivery of the goods may not arrive the same day the orders are made, initially, it used to take about two days for your ordered items to arrive but now with more delivery/dispatch riders given health clearance, the delivery time is considerably faster, the following day latest. When your package arrives, notice is sent in the group and one member of the family goes to the gate of the estate to pick it up. At the point of pick-up, temperature checks are done and recorded. No one is expected or allowed to jaywalk not even within your estate, we all stay indoors. Mini apps were also developed for every member of a household to record their temperature readings twice a day. Now that the COVID-19 era is near its end in Wuhan, zero infections in the past four days. The lockdown is also being gradually lifted, all essential workers and most government officers have resumed back to work. From what we hear, non-essential workers may resume by the end of March. However, public transportation may not be fully restored until mid-April.  Everyone in the city also has to at some point get some form of health clearance before being allowed to freely move around the city.

How will a lockdown work in Nigeria (Lagos/Abuja)?

I am extremely worried about the dispersion of the incidences across the country but I am equally glad that they are a manageable number. I want to share a few recommendations focused on the effective management of persons and logistics drawn from my experience living under lockdown in Wuhan.

  1. This is the time to put the leaders at the local level to work, thankfully a state like Lagos already has LCDA’s. Policies from the top will have to be implemented by them. The LCDA heads will further need or put in place where absent community/ward leaders, estate leaders, and street leaders – all these people will help to smoothen logistics for the free flow of supplies (food and medical).

 

  1. All our hinterlands and villages should be shut now, no one should be permitted to travel from the cities to the hinterlands because those places are likely free of the infections and the government needs them to be healthy and fully functional to facilitate production and supply of food. Emergency/Ad hoc labor who have been medically certified should also be hired now and sent to our food bases to assist in ramping up food production. Companies with relevant knowledge and experience in the agricultural food supply chain should be engaged now.

 

  1. The Government should work with its municipal and community officers to organize residences to coordinate their food supply needs via WhatsApp. Almost everyone in Nigeria now has a smartphone and uses WhatsApp. People are already familiar with how groups work on WhatsApp. It can be creatively explored now to minimize physical contact.

 

  1. The government needs to also work with select and accredited pharmacies even at the lowest community level to obtain records of drugs that people are buying or want to buy. This helps with identifying and tracking suspected cases.

 

  1. People have to ensure that their homes are thoroughly disinfected using bleach disinfectants, the compound and by extension the street where you live. There has to be a very effective and cordial cooperation to carry out these tasks. When any member of a family steps out of the house, consider the person contaminated and ensure that you thoroughly disinfect the person’s clothes and shoes using the alcohol-based disinfectants before they enter the house.

 

  1. Just as employed in Wuhan, a sequential or gradual lockdown would be the least shocking approach. To introduce a complete stay at home all at once to everyone will be highly disruptive and the shocks from that may result in a revolt. Homes should be allowed to have one registered member of the household who will go out to get the supplies in the interim until when a communal way of obtaining the supplies can be introduced.

Finally, I urge all residents in Nigeria at the moment to please comply with all directives of government concerning the fight against this virus. The directives I believe will be dynamic based on the routine assessment by the government.

The truth is that in a time like this, we cannot always get what we want even if you have the money, the law of demand and supply will fail. At some point, people may even resort to trade by barter, it happened in Wuhan.

What has kept the people going through the challenges is the support for one another.The virus is out to test our humanity and in our case as Nigerians, our unity, we have to put aside our many differences to win this fight. Therefore, we have to bear with the government and the existing systems that might be in place to fight the coronavirus.

May God heal our land

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Ayodeji Idowu (Ph.D.)

A Nigerian citizen resident in Wuhan, China

In a swift response to the new cases of the Corona Virus recently confirmed in Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Health, TGI Group and FoodClique have joined forces together to sensitize member of the public and school pupils on how to stay healthy and avoid the transfer and contracting the dreadful Virus.

This was made known by the Marketing manager of TGI Nnenna Onyenacho at the start of a two days sensitisation program tagged Corysan Hand Wash Hi! 5 which is aimed to help school children on how to live free from COVID-19.

Nnenna Onyenacho also added that students will be enlightened on how to properly wash their hands, how to maintain good hygiene, how to protect themselves, their families, and their immediate environment from bacteria and germs

The Founder / CEO of Foodclique Bolajoko Fadipe took time to advised the students to stay calm amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and also stressed that FoodClique is working tirelessly to meet up with any eventualities of need for food within the community.

He also stressed the need for Nigerians to adhere strictly to all the guidelines stipulated by the Federal Government and Ministry of Health as we battled our away through these trying periods.

During the interactive session with the students, the Brand Manager for TGI Group kikelomo Oladipupo took time to demonstrate how to properly wash the hands and she also re emphasise the importance of good hygiene and debunk some of the myths on Covid19 raised by the students.

The event took place at the Ayetoro Senior school Ebute Metta while items like hand-wash, hand sanitiser exercise books was provided to pupils and an automated hand-sanitiser and first aid box was donated to the school.

Anne Frank once said that Hunger is not a problem, it is an obscenity, I couldn’t agree more. Hunger is a universal concept that has taken roots in every nation, wherever you find a lot of people, you will discover even more hungry people. When we listen to the news and hear reports of how the government or some organizations spend billions to fight hunger, we often feel a sense of sympathy for “those” who are hungry. Subconsciously, we feel it is their problem and not ours. This nonchalant attitude has become the bedrock on which the misconception of hunger is founded upon.

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In the spirit of unity and camaraderie to ending hunger, Hon. Jimi Benson representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos State played host to the Founder and CEO of FoodClique Bolajoko Fadipe during icare Food Bank monthly food distribution tagged “Apo Anu ” to over 500 vulnerable people in Ikorodu.

FoodClique Support Initiative is an NGO leading the fight against hunger while icare Food Bank seek to erase hunger through several initiatives to help people in need.  The Icare Foodbank gives sacks of non-perishable food to the vulnerable in our society i.e elderly, widows, unemployed, e.t.c and encourages the government to mobilize resource to fight hunger through its founder Hon Jimi Benson who is a Federal Lawmaker. It may interest you to know that the Icare Food Bank has through this program fed over 15,000 constituents.

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As part of its ongoing effort to provide a high level of service to end hunger and raise awareness, FoodClique is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Still located at www.foodclique.org , the new site features a refreshed look, improved navigation, volunteer signup page, events and more. This was a strategic decision made by FoodClique as it continues to expand its digital capabilities and invest in advanced technology.

While the causes might not be the same across the world; conflict, climate change, poverty, migration, natural disaster, war and economic downturn are some of the major cause of the problem. While the causes might not be the same across the world; conflict, climate change, poverty, migration, natural disaster, war and economic downturn are some of the major cause of the problem. While the causes might not be the same across the world; conflict, climate change, poverty, migration, natural disaster, war and economic downturn are some of the major cause of the problem.

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