The Nutribun Returns: San Miguel to Produce and Donate Vitamin-Packed Bread

The first batch is being donated to Caritas Manila.

( The San Miguel Corporation has announced the revival of Nutribun, described as being made from "a blend of local and donated ingredients, and distributed in elementary school feeding programs as a ready-to-eat complete meal." Initially launched in the '70s for students to have access to a nutrient-rich meal, the vitamin-packed bread is now intended for distribution to charity drives and vulnerable communities in Metro Manila—to families that either have no access to or are unable to afford food at this difficult time. "The first batch of Nutribuns will be donated to Caritas Manila," the corporation said in a press release.

At 250 calories per bun, Ang says of the bread, “This is safe, sufficient, and nutritious food for the hardest-hit families facing hunger as a result of the COVID-19 crisis."

The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) had recently announced that they would continue food production and run it 24/7, with SMC President Ramon Ang saying, "This isn’t about making profits. We have a responsibility to make sure that food is made available to as many people as possible."

SMC employees working on the production of Nutribuns.
PHOTO courtesy of San Miguel Corporation
The first batch of Nutribuns will be donated to Caritas Manila.
PHOTO BY courtesy of San Miguel Corporation
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SMC also continues to produce and distribute other products, such as canned food, coffee and biscuits to local government units (LGUs), checkpoints, and hospitals within the metro. Of these beneficiaries, according to a statement from the company, are the following:

  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Las Pinas General Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • The Medical City
  • Mandaluyong LGU
  • Paranaque LGU
  • Eastern Police District
  • Northern Police District
  • Camp Karingal

Areas where the most number of COVID-19 cases have been recorded—namely, the National Capital Region—are to be prioritized. “We will continue to step up and find creative ways to help the neediest and most vulnerable," said Ang. "We have the means, we just have to work together to win this battle."

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