Iberdrola, through the Iberdrola Spain Foundation and as part of its commitment to mitigate the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, has launched an initiative to prepare 90,000 solidarity menus – 1,000 each day for 90 consecutive days – which They will go to people without resources in Madrid and Vizcaya.
The coronavirus crisis has left in the first quarter of this year the highest number of people registered as unemployed since 2013, reaching in Spain 1.1 million families without resources. This situation has multiplied by three, on several occasions, the demand for food in soup kitchens and parishes that already served families at risk of social exclusion and poverty.
These menus, which will require a total amount of about 600,000 euros, will be distributed by the Iberdrola Spain Foundation and are being prepared by regular Iberdrola chefs, hired by the supplier Sodexo, who work in the kitchens that the company has in the Larraskitu complex. (Vizcaya), the Madrid corporate office and the campus for training and innovation in the town of San Agustín de Guadalix.
All these canteens had had to stop their activity due to the coronavirus crisis, with which this charitable initiative has also allowed 16 employees of the restaurant services company to be incorporated who had been included in an ERTE. As it does for Iberdrola, Sodexo will provide the advice of its team of nutritionists so that the menus are varied and healthy.
The company chaired by Ignacio Galán plans to deliver 300 daily menus to Cáritas Vizcaya and 700 to the San Ramón Nonato parish, in Puente de Vallecas (Madrid), which coordinates five dining rooms, although the number of menus prepared for each territory will be adjusted in depending on the specific needs that are detected.
The Iberdrola Spain Foundation is currently promoting more than 40 social projects that have a budget of 1.2 million euros and that, focused on helping the most vulnerable people, continue to develop in strict compliance with the recommendations for physical distance and hygiene required by the health crisis situation.
The Foundation thus joins the social commitment of the Iberdrola group, which, through various subsidiaries throughout the world, is allocating millions of euros in healthcare material to make it available to various entities. This material, acquired in coordination and under the supervision of the Public Administrations, includes respirators, sanitary suits and masks. In addition, Iberdrola is adopting more than 150 measures to contain the advance of the pandemic and guarantee electricity supply at all times.