Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (which has offices in Cherry Hill and Eatontown), on March 19 said it will grant an additional $40,000 to local food banks and pantries in the U.S. communities in which it operates. The pledge is a result of Hikma’s fundraising efforts to help address the unprecedented increase in food demand caused by COVID-19 related job losses and furloughs, and comes as an addition to the upwards of 600,000 meals it has already provided through its employee matching donation campaign, raising more than $160,000 in its support of local food banks and pantries.
“Hikma is dedicated to serving our communities as so many people continue to struggle financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hana Ramadan, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility at Hikma. “We are extremely grateful to all of our employees who deserve full credit for providing over 600,000 meals to those in need during these challenging times. We are looking forward to working with our partners throughout 2021.”
The funds will be granted to the following food banks and pantries with which Hikma has existing relationships:
Bedford, OH: The Emergency Assistance Center (TEAC) has provided food, clothing and personal hygiene items to Northern Summit County neighbors in need for more than 25 years.
Cherry Hill, NJ: The Cherry Hill Food Pantry(CHFP) is dedicated to supplying groceries and related social services to needy families and individuals in Cherry Hill and the surrounding communities.
Berkeley Heights, NJ: The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization in the state.
Ramadan continued, “In addition to this financial commitment, we plan to reinstate monthly volunteer days and launch individual campaigns with all four of these organizations to further support the communities we live and work in.”