John Keells Group through John Keells Foundation, Keells supermarkets and Ceylon Cold Stores (Elephant House) have distributed 10,000 packs of essential goods to households in identified regions in the island, to ease the burden of those not having ready access during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Group distributed these packs of essential goods free of charge to families in the Western Province, as identified by the Government Agent / District Secretary Colombo, in Slave Island, Thimbirigasyaya, Mattakkuliya, Kolonnawa, Obeysekerapura, Kaduwela, Ranala and Dematagoda this week, supporting the Government’s initiative of ensuring that Sri Lankans have access to daily essentials during this hour of need.
In addition to the above, Ceylon Cold Stores also initiated a program in response to a request by the Government Agent of the area, where they distributed dry ration packs to over 500 low income earning families identified by the Kaduwela Municipal Council around the Ranala factory area on 29th March, 2020.
The ongoing pandemic in the country has led to the loss of income for multitudes of people. Driven by the need to support families who survive on daily earnings, the Group is looking at innovative initiatives to bring some relief to the most vulnerable in society.
John Keells Foundation Keells Supermarkets and Elephant House will continue to work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the nation and public are supported during these challenging times.
John Keells Foundation is the CSR division of the John Keells Group. Ceylon Cold Stores PLC and Jay Kay Marketing Services are subsidiaries of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), Sri Lanka’s largest listed company in the Colombo Stock Exchange operating over 70 companies in 7 diverse industry sectors. In 2020 John Keells Group celebrates 150 years of being in business and contributing to the Sri Lankan economy and development of the country. JKH provides employment to over 14,000 persons and has been ranked as Sri Lanka’s ‘Most Respected Entity’ for the last 14 Years by LMD Magazine. Whilst being a full member of the World Economic Forum and a Participant of the UN Global Compact, JKH drives its CSR vision of “Empowering the nation for tomorrow,” through John Keells Foundation and through the social entrepreneurship initiative, ‘Plasticcycle’, which is a catalyst in scientifically reducing plastic pollution in Sri Lanka.