Dole highlights child hunger with teddy bear campaign

By Jerome Smail

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Dole Packaged Foods hopes to raise awareness of child hunger through its #UnstuffedBears campaign
Dole Packaged Foods hopes to raise awareness of child hunger through its #UnstuffedBears campaign

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Dole Packaged Foods has launched a media campaign to raise awareness and funds to feed UK families over the Christmas holidays.

The campaign, called #UnstuffedBears and featuring teddy bear imagery, forms part of Dole’s commitment to “address global food insecurity and make nutritious food accessible to one billion people by 2025”.

#UnstuffedBears, co-ordinated by London-based agency St Luke’s, is targeting consumers through online videos, displays and social media posts featuring images of plush teddy bears, with one bear’s stomach noticeably emptier.

The objective is to draw attention to reports that one in five children may go hungry over the Christmas holidays. Monetary donations from the campaign will go to Save the Children UK.

“Through a universal childhood icon – the teddy bear – we are living our purpose, raising awareness about the affordability and accessibility of proper nutrition and helping those in need today,”​ said Isabelle Spindler-Jacobs, MD, Europe, for Dole Packaged Foods.

Dole Promise

The company introduced the ‘the Dole Promise’ in July of this year. The initiative’s goals include providing access to sustainable nutrition for a billion people, the elimination of processed sugar from Dole Packaged Foods products, zero fruit loss from farms, zero emissions and zero fossil-based packaging.

“Through the Dole Promise and these tangible actions, we are taking steps toward systemic change on these issues critical to our future,”​ said Spindler-Jacobs.

Child hunger

Sayyeda Salam, director of partnerships and philanthropy for Save the Children, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Dole this festive season to raise awareness of the issue of child hunger in the UK.

“Tragically over four million children in the UK are living in poverty and the coronavirus outbreak has put even more families at risk.

“Through this campaign, the Dole community will be making sure that children and their families can still enjoy the magic of Christmas this year,”​ Salam added.

Product donation

In addition to the #UnstuffedBears campaign, Dole is donating over 10,000 cases (over 44,000 units) of its products, including Dole Fruit in Juice, Dole Jelly and Dole Fruit in Jelly, to charities FareShare UK and St Mungo’s.

Jo Dyson, head of food at FareShare UK, said: “Dole’s products are always very popular with our network of charities. Being nutritious and shelf-stable, they represent exactly the type of food products our partner charities and community groups want and need.

“We’re always grateful for the support we receive from Dole, and this generous product donation will make a big difference to families in need over the Christmas holidays.”

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