June 11, 2024

FoodCo celebrates 2024 Children’s Day with vulnerable children

FoodCo celebrates 2024 Children’s Day with vulnerable children

In furtherance of its corporate social responsibility thrust towards promoting the welfare of women and children, FoodCo Nigeria Limited, a top retailer and operators of the largest supermarket chain brand in South-West Nigeria, outside Lagos, recently visited some orphanages in Ibadan to mark the International Children’s Day 2024.

The orphanages visited are Jesus’ Kids Orphanage, Aduke Oladibo Orphanage, Christian Mission School for the Deaf and Stella Obasanjo Homes. The company also donated essential items such as bags of rice, noodles, garri, pastries, snacks, drinks, detergent, toothpaste and other toiletries.

Speaking on the gesture, Funmi Aiyepeku, Head of Transformation at the company, said FoodCo is a community-oriented business and is committed to supporting initiatives that promote the well-being of members of its communities, particularly children.

She said: “We are excited to join the global community in celebrating the world’s children. As a company, FoodCo believes that every child deserves equal opportunity to thrive. This has been the motivation behind many of our investments in the most vulnerable children within our communities, including scholarship awards and our annual children’s parties.

“As we commemorate International Children’s Day 2024, we also reflect on a recent UNICEF report estimates that there are about 17.5 million orphaned or vulnerable children in Nigeria. This is a staggering statistic that demands collective action from all stakeholders.

“Based on our experiences as a company that has been deeply rooted in its communities for over four decades, we understand the vital role everyone plays in uplifting our more vulnerable members. In return, we all become beneficiaries in the shared successes of a truly progressive society where everyone is empowered with the right tools to actualize their potential.”

Established in 1982, FoodCo is a diversified consumer goods company with interests in retail, quick service restaurants, manufacturing and entertainment. With over 1000 staff spread across 21 outlets in Oyo, Lagos and Ogun States, the company is a major employer and contributes significantly to the economy of the South-west.

FoodCo was listed in the Financial Times ranking of Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2021 and 2022