Lacthosa helps out in Honduras
In the wake of the pandemic, Lacthosa, a Honduras-based company producing and distributing milk, juices and beverages, undertook a series of actions in order to sustain its operations, and at the same time, support national efforts to contain the epidemic in Honduras. The actions included providing medical and biosecurity equipment to hospitals and front-line personnel, guarantee food security in the low-income centres that it has always supported, maintain resilience in communities of influence and job stability of their more than 3,000 employees.
It delivered 1,456,941 food parcels in the months of March, April and May 2020, supporting 20 communities and reaching more than 60,000 families, including their employees.
Additionally, the company has arranged transportation for all employees that meets the social distancing requirements as well as the hygiene protocols in the vehicles. During the workday, workers have received a meal every day at the company’s cafeteria. Every employee has received personal protective gear and equipment such as body suits, face masks and shields, boots, gloves all according to the requirements and nature of their work. The company has invested over $800,000 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff during these past months.
Lacthosa, through its brands Sula and Ceteco, has also donated 15,000 personal protection masks to grocers and strategic partners who have been working nonstop supplying local communities. To ensure food security through supermarkets and convenience centres, Sula has ensured that the supply chain is stocked and has implemented “La Ruta Sula”, an initiative that allows consumers to stock up on products through home deliveries.
In support to communities, it has delivered a total of 200,288 food parcels for medical personnel from five hospitals, 120,000 food baskets to the national police; and to benefit the vulnerable population, it donated 11,000 cups of yogurt, 17,095 glasses of milk, 2,193 glasses of orange juice. In the framework of World Milk Day, in alliance with the Honduran Milk Chamber (CAHLE) and Tetra Pak, Lacthosa donated 100,000 glasses of milk to the Honduran Food Bank, destined to benefit 70 organisations, benefiting 16,012 people in 15 municipalities of Honduras.
Additionally, Lacthosa joined the project “Businessmen to Save Lives” in alliance with the Latin American Business Council (CEAL), to give an important donation of medical equipment that included 20 respirators, electric beds, electrocardiographs and infusion pumps to the Secretary of Health, valued at 15.8 million lempiras. “We know that in extraordinary situations like the one we are experiencing, resilience is essential, as a company we have taken actions to protect our collaborators and their families, we have had a strong projection with society and this union of efforts makes it possible for us to fight against It is a pandemic,” said Elena Kafie, Lacthosa representative and member of the board of directors.
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