Heinz to give 12 million free meals to children in need after school closures

Schools closed last Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak. Kids’ education will be interrupted and parents will have to find ways to keep them entertained at all hours. But more than that, it also means that many young ones will go without a hot meal every day, which is devastating.

Thankfully, however, the pandemic has also showcased humanity at its best, with many individuals, communities and companies doing the best they can to help others in need. One such company is Heinz, who have pledged to give 12 million free breakfasts to school children who would otherwise potentially start their day hungry.

The plan is in place to help the kids that might go without their free breakfasts because school is shut. The 12 million figure amounts to breakfast, five days a week, for eight weeks. It will be given to those young ones who would usually be attending breakfast club schemes.

So as to make the programme possible, the baked beans manufacturers have partnered with a charity called Magic Breakfast, who provide healthy school breakfasts to children in disadvantaged areas of the UK.

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Although the company have yet to explain exactly how the scheme will come in to play, they will be releasing details soon.

Of course the idea was very well received on Facebook with one woman writing: "Thank you Heinz UK, one company trying to make a difference to thousands of children for whom school provided the one hot meal of the day.

“We live in times of poverty and austerity, which is about to get a lot worse! Nice to see a company thinking somebody else at this time.”

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While another wrote: “Gulp.. Emotional. Bloody good job Heinz!!!!”

JoJo de Noronha, President of Kraft Heinz Northern Europe, has also shared that the company is set on "finding other organisations that can help us reach even more children, parents, carers and teachers during this difficult time."

She continued: "We are encouraging other organisations and companies to come forward with any support possible to ensure no child goes hungry due to these unfortunate school closures."

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