News Update /Press Release
Quaker and Smile Foundation provides over 1 lakh oatmeals to the healthcare community across 7 states in Indi
New Delhi, June 15th, 2021: Saluting the undying spirit, care and courage of the healthcare community, Quaker Oats has partnered with Smile Foundation to launch #SalutingOurHeroes, an initiative to provide over 1 lakh oatmeals* to the healthcare heroes in India. As part of this initiative, Quaker will reach out to over 45 government and private hospitals and medical institutions. The initiative is being rolled out across over 7 states including Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal, and Karnataka.
From doctors to nurses and medical professionals, each member of the healthcare community has put their lives at risk to keep numerous families safe. Through this special #SalutingOurHeroes initiative, Quaker, has extended its heartfelt gratitude to the healthcare community by providing them with bowls of hope and energy. Some of the hospitals engaged through this initiative include Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurugram; KEM Hospital, Mumbai; Ernakulam General Hospital, Kerala; Rukhmani Bai Government Hospital, Mumbai; and Aarvy Hospital, Gurugram.
Talking about the initiative Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder & Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation, said “It has been over a year now that our frontline health professionals have been working tirelessly to defeat the virus and save lives in the pandemic, and yet their determination is stronger than ever. Through this initiative, Smile Foundation, in partnership with Quaker is paying tribute to the healthcare heroes by sharing a small token of gratitude for their extraordinary service during this critical time. While our partnership with Quaker goes back a long way, in the pandemic particularly, their support has been crucial in providing nutritious oatmeals to the healthcare community.”
Commenting on the initiative Anshul Khanna, Senior Director, Marketing – Foods, PepsiCo India said, ‘’Through this pandemic, the healthcare community continues to work tirelessly and round-the-clock, putting their lives at risk in order to protect our families and keep our communities safe. Through this humble initiative by Quaker, we at PepsiCo India, salute the selfless service and valiant spirit of our healthcare heroes. #SalutingOurHeroes is a way for us to express our heartfelt gratitude towards the healthcare professionals. We are thankful to have partners like Smile Foundation who have led the on-ground roll-out of the initiative of providing wholesome oats, filled with nutritious energy, to hospitals across India. As a brand that represents ‘Fuel for the Real Fit’, Quaker will continue to stand with the healthcare heroes during these challenging times.”
This initiative is a continuation of the brand’s previous efforts wherein they provided over 1 lakh oatmeals* to COVID specialty hospitals across Delhi-NCR in 2020.
* 1 oatmeal = 40 grams of Quaker rolled oats.