Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) celebrates 10th anniversary of its “CPF Fund for Elderly” project by providing multiple supports to over three hundred senior citizens living in poverty across the country, driving Thailand toward becoming a quality aging society.
Mr. Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development of CP Foods, said the company launched “CPF Fund for Elderly” project in 2011 to provide care for underprivileged elderly people nearby its operations.
The aim of this project and the fund is to find a sustainable solution to continuously support the elderly aged above 60 years old surrounding the factories and farms who are neglected, unaided, or impoverished. The project continues to add new participants annually.
The company has supported a total number of 869 underprivileged elders in the past decade. As of 2021, there are 345 participants in the project.
Under the scheme, the company provides financial support for 2,000 Baht per person every month for a lifetime. Also, CP Foods provides food and consumer staples as well as making a monthly visit to increase their quality of life and enable them to live happily.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, extra safety measures have been put into place to minimize potential infection. For example, while visiting the elders, volunteers are required to wear a face mask and hand gloves. The volunteers and the elders must maintain social distancing measure.
“CP Foods realizes the importance of the elderly in society. Therefore, the project is being one of driving forces in Thailand transition towards a quality aging society.” said Mr. Wuttichai.
Thailand is estimated to become an aged society by 2024. This means the number of people aged 60 years and over will be over 20%.