Marriott bakes up a storm to feed hungry Thais

Marriott International and the Marriott Thailand Business Council have joined forces with Scholars of Sustenance Foundation (SOS) to bake and deliver large batches of bread and cookies to underprivileged communities in Bangkok.

The trio converged at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok on May 12, 2020, to launch this initiative.

Launching the CSR project to feed needy families in the Thai capital were (from left) Century House Dairy’s Boonyakarn Saiphoklang, Bertagro’s Navit Tanglertpaibul, Betagro Agro Industry’s Jarunee Sangchawee, SOS’ Apinya Amnuayskul, Marriott International’s Jakob Helgen, The Athenee Hotel’s Chooleng Goh, Jakub Mares, and Ross Park

The hotel’s chefs will bake 300 loaves of raisin bread and 1,000 oatmeal banana cookies every day for 20 consecutive days, to be distributed by SOS. Upon the project’s completion, Marriott and SOS will have delivered a staggering 6,000 loaves of bread and 20,000 cookies.

Marriott usually sends surplus food from the group’s F&B outlets to families in need, via SOS. With most Bangkok hotels currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this initiative ensures that SOS beneficiaries do not miss out on their vital donations.

This CSR project was supported by the group’s local suppliers, including Centuryhouse Dairy and Premier Dairy Product, Laemthong Corporation Group, Betagro and The Saitarn Foundation, and Shrewsbury International School.

Other companies chipping in include JR F&B, Pacific Sugar Corporation, Asia Agro Intertrade, YSH Store, United Progress (Thailand), SW Foodtech, Dutch Mill, Puratos (Thailand), KCG Corporation, American-European Products, Charoen Pokphand Foods, and Schmidt Co.

Jakob Helgen, Area Vice President – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar, Marriott International, said: “During these challenging times, it is more critical than ever that we come together, support each other and give back to our community. Marriott International is a proud partner of SOS in Thailand; this innovative organisation does wonderful work, providing meals to the members of society who need it the most.”

Chooleng Goh, general manager, The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, added: “During the recent situation, we realised that we had plenty of resources that could be channelled towards charitable causes, so we spoke to our partners to see how we could help. Our sister properties have now teamed up with our own associates to take on this challenge.”

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