( October 16, 2017 )
Quaker, PepsiCo’s flagship nutrition brand along with Smile Foundation organized a feeding drive in Mumbai as part of their on-going Quaker Feed-A-Child initiative which was launched on October 16. Actress Kiara Advani supported the cause by pledging her support to the campaign and encouraging everyone to come forward and do their bit. She served lunch, shared a meal with these children and imparted the importance of choosing right food and developing right eating habits.
Quaker Feed-A-Child initiative is aimed at making festivals meaningful by feeding underprivileged children. Thereby many children in Mumbai and Delhi were served nutritious meals to mark World Food Day, and reiterate the importance of this issue. While at the event, Kiara Advani said, “Lack of adequate nutrition continues to be one of the toughest challenges that our country faces today. This World Food Day, it’s time for all of us do our bit to help fight this issue. I’m happy to be here and contribute to this cause. I would like to applaud Quaker India and Smile Foundation for their continuous effort to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children. It is heart-warming to see a smile on a child’s face, and it was touching to share a meal with children who will be benefitting from the program.”
Speaking on the occasion, Sanjeev Dham, COO-Smile Foundation said, “Smile Foundation strives to work towards providing nutrition and education to every deserving child across the country and with a campaign like Quaker Feed A Child we are able to bring many kids year-after-year under proper nutrition program. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Quaker India and Kiara Advani for helping us reiterates the importance of nutrition on the World Food Day.”
Poonam Kaul, Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR, PepsiCo India, commented, “It is disturbing to know that less than one third of children in India do not receive adequate nutrition. Quaker Feed-a-Child is a social initiative based on a powerful thought that urges all of us to come forward and make a difference to the lives of these children. With festivities around the corner, It is the best time to come together to light up their world.”
On World Food Day last year, the ‘Quaker Feed A Child’ initiative was launched to provide a fistful of nutrition to thousands of underprivileged children in India during this festive season, with a commitment of serving 200,000 meals. Through the year, these meals have been distributed to children across cities at Smile Foundation centers.