Mars UK supports communities through COVID-19 with donations worth over £4 million

Mars UK has announced donations worth over £4 million to support the NHS, carers and vulnerable communities across the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donations will be made up of both in-kind product donations and financial support – including the following:

  • One million Easter eggs donated by Mars Wrigley to those working on the frontline of healthcare and members of the community most in need.
  • £500,0000 pledged to the National Emergencies Trust via the Mars Wrigley Summer Sweetstakes activation.
  • 250,000 packs of EXTRA chewing gum donated by Mars Wrigley to NHS staff.
  • Three million meals provided to charities, food banks and NHS staff by Mars Food through product donations and a financial contribution to the Trussell Trust – the UK’s largest food bank network.
  • 10,000 vulnerable cats and dogs supported during April by Royal Canin and Mars Pet Nutrition who have donated much needed pet food to His Church, animal shelters and rescue organisations.
  • 100,000 Galaxy Vegan bars donated by Mars Drinks & Treats to NHS staff, including those at the NHS Nightingale site in London.
  • 700,000 bars donated by KIND to organisations that need them most, including over 300,000 bars to the NHS.

David Manzini, General Manager, Mars Wrigley UK, said: “These donations have been guided by our Principles, our deep bond with our communities and the belief that we are all in this together.

It has been profoundly humbling to receive messages from our healthcare heroes to say that our chocolate eggs this Easter provided a brief respite to the incredibly challenging environment in which they are operating.

Where we can help, we will. And of course, our thoughts and eternal gratitude are with all of those who are working tirelessly to keep the nation running and safe.”

Helen Warren-Piper, General Manager, Mars Pet Nutrition UK and Jimmy Park, General Manager, Royal Canin UK & Ireland, said: “We’re so proud that we have been able to reach 10,000 vulnerable cats and dogs to date. Pets make the world a better place, and that has never been truer than in the extraordinary times we’re currently living in”

Craig Sargeant, General Manager, Mars Food UK, said: “We are immensely proud of how our businesses in the UK have responded. Our Associates have risen to the magnitude of the occasion and are working tirelessly to deliver three million meals through food and financial support to our communities and show how we put #TomorrowStartsToday into practice every day.”

Last week, Mars committed to a global donation of $20 million to support the communities in which they operate and the most vulnerable in their supply chain.

Mars, Incorporated will make a total donation of approximately $8 million to the following global partners, with the rest of the $20million coming from the markets.

  • CARE International ($5 million)
  • The United Nations World Food Programme ($2 million)
  • Humane Society International ($1 million)