PepsiCo India has successfully adopted FSSAI’s Eat Right School (Safe and Nutritious Food, @School) program, in line with the company’s commitment towards creating awareness about safe food, healthy and sustainable diets. The adopted modules were rolled out in leading home science colleges across the country where volunteering students were trained as ‘Safe and Nutritious Food (SNF) Fellows’. These SNF fellows later implemented the program across schools in Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai. In 2018-2019, the SNF Fellows facilitated informative sessions on Iron Deficiency Anemia across schools impacting over 4.5 lakh children. For the year 2019-20, PepsiCo plans to expand the reach to over 200 schools in these cities with a focused curriculum on whole grains.
Through the nation-wide Eat Right School (SNF@School) Program, PepsiCo aims to create continuous engagement with students, teachers, and parents to make them aware of the importance of ‘safe and nutritious food’ and inculcate the habit of eating safe and eating right. The SNF Fellows deliver sessions covering the basics of nutrition to students and teachers in schools. So far, around 360 such Fellows have conducted educational sessions for the schools in Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai.
Talking about the commitment Ahmed ElSheikh, president at PepsiCo India, “Our support to the FSSAI’s Eat Right School (SNF@School) program is an extension of our global commitment to transform our portfolio to deliver products with improved nutrition across our beverages and snacks portfolio. We at PepsiCo India, recognize the significance of promoting healthy, nutritious and safe food, and the need to support such interventions to drive a larger impact for the society. We plan to continue to scale our efforts to inculcate healthy food habits amongst the community.”
Recognizing PepsiCo’s efforts, Pawan Agarwal, chief executive officer at FSSAI said, “Students are the most susceptible to food-borne diseases and due to lack of awareness, they are open to experimenting with different kinds of foods (mostly unhealthy) while at school. The objective of FSSAI’S Eat Right School (SNF@School) program is to create continuous engagement with students, teachers, and parents to make them aware of the importance of safe food, healthy and sustainable diets. PepsiCo India has been engaged in promoting the right messaging around safe and healthy food through various interventions as a shared responsibility and demonstrated that it is a socially responsible business”.