COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, China

Yum China donates kitchen equipment to rural schools in Hubei

To date, the company has given such items to 1,200 schools across China, benefitting nearly 400,000 students.

Yum China announced it has donated modern kitchen equipment to 70 schools in rural areas of Hubei, part of the company's efforts to support the region's post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

“As society continues to tackle the challenges of COVID-19, it is especially important to ensure that children have access to safe and nutritious food. As the largest restaurant company in China, we are well positioned to support rural areas in this task. By providing modern kitchen equipment to schools we can promote safe and healthy meals, which in turn helps children to be physically prepared to become future leaders and community members," Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China, said in a media release.

The modern kitchen equipment programme is part of a larger nationwide corporate social responsibility initiative aiming to upgrade kitchen facilities and improve food safety in rural schools. To date, Yum China said it has provided modern kitchen equipment to 1,200 schools in 13 provinces across the country, benefiting nearly 400,000 students.

Yum China has also provided targeted support to Hubei in various ways throughout the year. Immediately after the outbreak of COVID-19, Yum China had donated RMB 3 million (approx. US$458,000) to support medical workers in Wuhan and recruited employee volunteers to deliver free meals from KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants to hospitals and front-line workers in Wuhan.

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