More than One Million Vulnerable People Receive Food Donations through Terpel-Abaco Partnership

  • In just one month, Terpel and Abaco delivered to beneficiaries double their goal amount.
  • In May, they expect to move more than 8,000 tons of food products.
  • Terpel is implementing other initiatives for truck drivers, taxi drivers, vulnerable population groups, medical staff, and migrants. The educational community will benefit from the virtual outreach of the Terpel Foundation’s programs.


May 5, 2020

After a month of operations, Organización Terpel and Abaco announced they have already transported and donated food products to more than 1,150,000 Colombians in the country’s most vulnerable population groups in 18 Departments across the nation, double their goal for the first 30 days of work.

During this period, they moved more than 8 million kilograms of food products in 114 municipalities, thanks to Terpel’s donation of 4,547 gallons of gasoline and diesel as part of its #JuntosSaldremosAdelante (#GettingThroughThisTogether) campaign.

In May, the initiative will mobilize 8,000 additional tons, benefiting more than 650,000 vulnerable people.

“These difficult times require solidarity and teamwork as a society, to help those groups most affected by the crisis. As a Country Partner, we will continue to accompany and support the most vulnerable Colombians during this time of uncertainty,” indicated Sylvia Escovar, President of Organización Terpel.

Among the population groups most affected by the pandemic benefiting from this initiative are 26,000 street vendors, hundreds of Embera indigenous people, and 1,050 migrants from Venezuela.

Regarding the scope of this campaign, Juan Carlos Buitrago, Executive Director of Abaco, highlighted that “Our objective in this COVID-19 emergency is to supply food and essential items to the more than 650,000 people aided by the 18 food banks serving 19 of the country’s cities. The historic number of people assisted – over 1 million in a month – was possible only because of joint efforts with companies like Terpel, which, through its donation, ensured that the food bank trucks had enough fuel to meet the challenges of the operation required by this emergency.”

This mobilization of food products in partnership with Abaco is part of Terpel’s #JuntosSaldremosAdelante campaign, which encompasses different initiatives to support the communities most affected by the pandemic and contribute to efforts to control COVID-19 in Colombia.

Terpel is also donating fuel to support the operation by the Civil Air Patrol and Satena to carry medical equipment, transport COVID-19 test samples, and move healthcare personnel between points around the country.

In addition, its Altoque stores are providing hot broth and coffee to go, and providing free showers as a way of thanking the truck drivers who have kept up their hard work to keep the country supplied. The company is also working with the Menu Solidario Movement and Rappi to deliver fast food to vulnerable population groups. For each combo meal donated by Altoque users using the Rappi app, Terpel will donate an additional meal.

With the goal of thanking the country’s taxi and motorcycle drivers who provide delivery services, the company is also handing out combo meals at Altoque stores and free coffee and water, so drivers can recharge their batteries during a pit stop on the way to their destination. 

In another program, the company supports the lubricant specialists in the Tesos Terpel and Specialists Club programs with Mobil Lubricants. Lubricant specialists have received a total of 1,600 coupons of three different types: coupons to redeem for money, virtual coupons for groceries, and solidarity coupons for supporting another affiliates who have more pressing needs.

The company also joined the Unidos Somos Más País (Together we are a Greater Country) campaign, promoted by the ANDI, to donate specific resources to the InnspiraMED Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to raise funds to produce 2,000 mechanical ventilators for treating COVID-19 patients.

On its part, the Terpel Foundation designed a plan to help parents reinforce their children’s skills in mathematics, language arts, and leadership, through the educational content on its social media.

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