PepsiCo Foundation in partnership with Smile Foundation partners with the

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Smile Foundation

Jammu and Kashmir administration in the fight against Covid-19

  • Provides Covid-19 safety kits that include key preventive items such as PPE kits, masks and digital thermometers along with Oxymeters, thermal scanners, and oxygen concentrators.
  • The initiative aims at supporting the Jammu and Kashmir, administration towards effective management of rising cases of COVID in Jammu and Kashmir.

Srinagar, 7th May 2022: Amid fresh Covid-19 cases witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir, PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, in collaboration with NGO, Smile Foundation provided Covid-19 safety kits to the Jammu and Kashmir, administration in Srinagar. The safety kits include key preventive items such as PPE kits, masks, and digital thermometers along with Oxymeters, thermal scanners, and oxygen concentrators. The initiative aims at supporting the local administration towards effective management of rising cases of COVID in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Covid-19 safety kits were handed over in the presence of Aijaz Asad, IAS, District Magistrate, Srinagar, and Nishtha Arora, Manager, Sustainable Development, Smile Foundation. Members of the PepsiCo India team present at the handing over occasion included Himanshu Priyadarshi, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, and Majid Ali Khan, Area Sales Manager, PepsiCo India. The safety kits include over 5,000 masks (N-95) which have been made mandatory amid daily fresh Covid-19 cases noticed in the region.

Commenting on the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, Aijaz Asad, IAS, District Magistrate, Srinagar said Commenting on Covid-19 Management, Aijaz Asad, IAS, District Magistrate, Srinagar said “Under the leadership of Hon’ble LG Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha, UT has emerged out of successive Covid Waves with great success. As a part of a robust preventive measures, we have been urging everyone to adhere to Covid protocol strictly. We would like to thank PepsiCo India for their continued efforts and support in the effective management of the pandemic.”

Commenting on the initiative, Himanshu Priyadarshi, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, PepsiCo India said, “Being a responsible and committed corporate citizen, PepsiCo India has been working tirelessly to support the Government’s covid-19 relief efforts and coordinating action at scale. We stand with the local administration and are actively supporting them in fighting against the rising cases of Covid in Jammu and Kashmir.”

About the initiative, Subroto Roy, Senior Director, Operations, Smile Foundation, said, “We are happy to partner with PepsiCo Foundation to fight fresh cases of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir. This initiative is part of our commitment to help contain any resurgence in Covid-19 across the country and our pledge to aid local administrations in the fight against a possible increase in such infections.”

In the light of the rising Covid cases, PepsiCo Foundation, through its partnership with Smile partnership is providing over 50,000 PPE kits, along with digital thermometers, thermal scanners, oxymeters, concentrators & over 1 lakh N95 masks, across 11 States including J&K to support the administration in its fight against Covid.