CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME: RITE FOODS LIMITED’S RELIEF EFFORTS DURING COVID-19
For two weeks, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gave a directive for lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja that have restricted physical movement. This was followed closely by another two weeks directive that selected businesses can began to operate but with total interstate travel lockdown for all individuals except for essential services. Through the weeks, it was evident that the lockdown directives affected majority of Nigerians whose livelihood is gotten by working daily to get their daily bread.
Rite Foods Limited saw the need to reach out to those who are in dire need during this period and after partnering with the Lagos state government on COVID-19 EMERGENCY FOOD RESPONSE COORDINATED BY THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE and Ogun state government on OGUN COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF, decided to go to the level of the community and families.
Ososa town, Ogun state is the location of the Rite Foods World class factory and as the saying goes about charity starts at home, it was decided to begin reaching out to families and communities from the Ososa community. The food relief packages contained 5kg bag of rice, 5 kg of beans, 5 kg of garri, a pack of Bigi Premium drinking water and a carton of Rite or Bigi sausages
The first phase of food relief packages was donated to 4,013 families in 7 communities in Ososa town. The communities are Oke Ala, Oke-Esin, Odo-owa, Osalakoye, Idomowo, Odo-Alere, Ijoku. The leaders of the communities visited the CEO/Chairman of Rite Foods Limited, Alh. Sulaiman Adegunwa addressed and gave a word of encouragement to the leaders of the communities before the leaders moved to distribute to food relief packages to families in their communities.
The 2nd phase of food relief packages was donated to 4,000 families in 6 Ijebu LGAs and an additional 429 bags was donated to the Police, Special Protection Unit and General Hospital, Ijebu Ode. The LGAs that benefited are Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North, Ijebu East, Ijebu North East, Ijebu Waterside and Odogbolu.