Nestle Cares Back-To-School Program benefits 150 families in Sabah


The headmasters of SK St Joseph and SK Menumpang with Nestle Malaysia Sabah personnel at the handing over ceremony in Kuala Penyu.

KOTA KINABALU: Nestlé Malaysia recently announced that it has fulfilled its commitment to contribute RM15 million to support Malaysians during this Covid-19 pandemic, investing in both immediate and longer-term relief efforts.

The Company’s year-long efforts culminated in its Nestlé Cares Back-To-School Programme in collaboration with the Empire Project NGO, to donate school uniforms and supplies, as well as Nestlé products to over 1,100 low-income families.

To help prepare students for the new school year in 2021, Nestlé reached out to 150 families in Sabah through its Back-to-School campaign. This saw the Group providing new school uniforms, school shoes, school bags and stationery, as well as Family Care Pack containing Nestlé products for the nourishment of the families.

Nestle contributed School pack & goodies bag for B40 students in  three  schools in Kuala Penyu,  namely  SK St Stephen Kiaru  (41 students),  SK Menumpang  (40 students) and  SK St Joseph  (69 students).

The school pack consists of a  school bag, two pairs of  uniforms, two  pairs of black shoes, a pair  of socks  and a stationary set  while the goodies bag contained  Nestle products such as Milo, Maggi, Nestum, Everyday & Nestle Breakfast Cereals.

Amongst many other initiatives, this programme includes Nestlé’s partnership with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) to distribute food and beverage (F&B) products to help nourish frontliners and communities in need, along with a cash contribution of RM1 million for upgrading of emergency medical equipment in MRCS ambulances.

Throughout the year, multiple other initiatives were also spearheaded to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable communities, particularly within the B40 groups and impacted local small and medium enterprises.

This included the Nestlé Salary for Life Contest (Peraduan Nestlé Gaji Seumur Hidup), whereby Nestlé leveraged the opportunity to give back to society by providing donations to 17 charitable organisations, nominated by the 17 finalists of the contest.

The Bangkit Bersama Nestlé Campaign (Rise with Nestlé) was also launched to support local F&B operators through trade assistance programmes and cash contributions.

Given the heightened situation in East Malaysia, Nestlé Malaysia contributed more than RM541,000 in products and cash donations to more than 30,000 Sabahans, including frontliners as well as families and communities in need.

The Group distributed products to a total of 8,840 healthcare workers at hospitals across the State, namely Kota Kinabalu Hospital, Lahad Datu Hospital, Sandakan Hospital, Semporna Hospital, Tawau Hospital, Klinik Kesihatan Sandakan, Tuaran Hospital, Papar Hospital and Kota Belud Hospital.

Reaching out to the community through its partnership with MRCS, house-to-house distribution was undertaken in more than 16 districts, including active districts to help vulnerable groups in need, covering areas such as Sandakan, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Keningau, with more than 3,000 families receiving product kits.

Nestlé also provided a cash contribution of RM100,000 to MRCS to be utilised for the purchase of personal protective equipment for frontliners and attending to community needs such as diapers, soap and toothpaste.

Nestlé donated products to MRCS for distribution to families and communities in need in Sabah.