To date, Argentina has recorded some 175,000 COVID 19 cases and 3,100 deaths. The pandemic hit the South American country less severely than neighboring countries such as Peru or Brazil. Nevertheless, the virus is exacerbating the current economic crisis and taking many people to the brink of poverty. The International Monetary Fund predicts that the economic consequences of the corona pandemic will affect Argentina the most in the region. A steadily increasing number of people here are dependent on food banks. To help them, Freudenberg supports the food bank Fundación Banco de Alimentos, which supplies more than 1,192 aid organizations in and around Buenos Aires. The A.C. Proyecto Plato Lleno facility in Buenos Aires was also supported.
According to current figures, around 408,000 people in South Africa are infected with COVID-19, with 6,000 deaths to date. In this situation, the country, already shaken by hunger and poverty, is more dependent than ever on aid. Freudenberg therefore donated each to two aid organizations, including FoodForward South Africa for the needy in the Gauteng region around Johannesburg. The money will enable the organization to distribute 110,000 meals.
“The COVID 19 crisis has caused great hardship for many people. So, we’ve launched an initiative over and above our commitment to corporate citizenship. Around the world, we’re supporting people in particular need in the hardest-hit regions with food and high-quality Freudenberg masks, and many of our employees are working with more than 100 aid organizations,” said Dr. Mohsen Sohi, Freudenberg Group CEO.