Mars commits $20M to communities in COVID-19 response

15 April 2020 | News

To better support the communities in which it operates, and the most vulnerable in its extended supply chains

As part of its ongoing response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, family-owned Mars, Incorporated has shared an update on actions to better support the communities in which it operates, and the most vulnerable in its extended supply chains.

The new commitment includes an initial cash and in-kind donation of $20 million to support the people, pets and communities most affected by COVID-19. The support package includes:

  • $5 million donation to support CARE for critical supplies and expertise that will be deployed in the developing world, to women, children and refugee populations.
  • $2 million donation to the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) to aid in the transport and delivery of critical supplies for all United Nations agencies as they respond to the pandemic.
  • $1 million donation to Humane Society International (HSI) to help cats and dogs that have been abandoned, left behind or surrendered to shelters due to their owners falling ill or no longer having the financial means to care for them.

The balance of $12 million will come from a combination of cash and in-kind donations from across the markets where Mars operates as well as donations from its Foundations including: The Mars Wrigley Foundation, VCA Foundation, the Banfield Foundation, the Pedigree Foundation and the Tasty Bite Foundation.

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