Sharing our plate with others
As a corporate citizen, the San Miguel Food Group recognizes its responsibility in helping create a better world, starting with the areas where the business operates. Being one of the country’s largest food companies with products that span various categories, the Company commits to do its part in providing solutions not only for nutrition and health, but for other pillars of social development as well.
From what started out as a supplemental nutrition program for children affected by malnutrition, Handog Lusog Nutrisyon Para Sa Nasyon, which was launched in 2010, has now evolved into Handog—a simpler name for the San Miguel Food Group’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program, but definitely more holistic in coverage with its five (5) subcategories: Karunungan, Kalusugan, Komunidad, Kalikhasan, and Kabuhayan.
In 2017, two (2) students from the Future Leaders Scholarship Program graduated from their respective courses, with one (1) passing the board exams for Accountancy. While in college, San Miguel granted them annual financial assistance, full tuition, monthly stipend, book allowance, and free trainings. Meanwhile, the Company donated educational supplies and rehabilitated 12 schools around the metro. Two (2) classrooms and a municipal playground were also built for pupils in Sumilao, Bukidnon.
Enriching the overall health and well-being of communities continued to be a priority. This was done in the form of community clinics, medical missions, and nutrition feeding programs. To enhance the feeding, the following activities were done: nutritional talks for teachers and parents, food safety talk and meal preparation, cooking demonstrations, and starter kits distribution. A total of 1,000 children from 22 schools and barangays nationwide benefited from the program, and achieved a 100% overall nutrition improvement.
Cooking demonstrations led by the Culinary Center were also conducted for two (2) barangays in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. This aimed not only to show the 105 participants how to prepare delicious meals for their families but to also introduce livelihood opportunities. The San Miguel Food Group also continued to lead tree planting and coastal resource management activities to champion its duty in protecting the environment.
As it kicked off its pioneering Handog program, the Company, through its employees and business partners, further actualized the vision of “nourishing and nurturing families worldwide”. To promote employee awareness and participation, Handog Roadshows were conducted in the Food Group’s offices and plants in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In the spirit of giving back, employees were able to generate more than P1.2 million from their very own pockets to be used for future Handog initiatives. This reflected a strong sense of malasakit embedded in the Company’s culture, driving the Company to focus its efforts in establishing Handog as a flagship CSR program.