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Tork® Donates $100,000 to Support Philadelphia Restaurants and Healthcare Facilities During COVID-19

05/15/2020

This commitment provides 10,000 free meals to frontline healthcare workers and $50,000 in economic relief for restaurant staff

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 19, 2020 – Tork, the global leading professional hygiene brand of Essity, today announced a $100,000 donation to support restaurants and hospitals in Philadelphia, the headquarters for Essity’s global professional hygiene business and the hardest-hit region in Pennsylvania with more than 18,000 COVID-19 cases. 
 
In partnership with Off Their Plate, a grassroots organization that funds local restaurants to provide free meals to frontline healthcare workers in cities across America, Tork will provide 10,000 nutritious meals to Philadelphia-area hospitals and clinics, as well as $50,000 in economic relief for restaurant staff. The meals will not only be delivered to physicians and clinical staff, but also to hospital environmental services, cafeteria, security and maintenance workers – all of whom are essential to the smooth operation of healthcare facilities. 
 
In addition to pushing hospitals and clinics into overdrive, the pandemic continues to impact the foodservice industry. Restaurants have been forced to shut down dining rooms and lay off workers, leaving many cooks, chefs, wait-staff and kitchen helpers without jobs. 
 
Tork provides professional hygiene products for both healthcare facilities and restaurants and is committed to helping these industries, which have been severely impacted by COVID-19. This is why the brand has partnered with Off Their Plate, an organization whose dual mission is to provide demand for restaurants, while serving free meals to front line healthcare workers. 
 
“Tork is proud of this partnership which makes it possible for us to support both restaurants and frontline healthcare workers,” said Don Lewis, President of Professional Hygiene at Essity. “This pandemic has deeply impacted our customers and we are dedicated to helping businesses that have been hardest hit – such as restaurants and cafes – on their road to recovery.” 
 
“Since mid-March, we have raised enough funds to support the delivery of more than 300,000 meals across nine U.S. cities,” said Natalie Guo, Harvard Medical School student and founder of Off Their Plate. “Thanks to Tork, we will now have the capacity to significantly expand our work in Philadelphia, where we have seen a large increase in demand for our services.” 
 
In Europe, Tork has pledged support and donations to #HorecaComeback and #HelpDeHoreca, two initiatives that encourage consumers to purchase online vouchers that can be redeemed once restaurants reopen, to provide restaurants with working capital during this critical time.  
 
For more information about how Tork is supporting the foodservice and healthcare industries, visit https://www.torkusa.com/safeatwork
 
 
About Tork
The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers worldwide ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Our products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, wipers, but also software solutions for data-driven cleaning. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader that supports customers to think ahead so they're always ready for business. Tork is a global brand of Essity, and a committed partner to customers in over 110 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit www.torkusa.com.
 
About Essity
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words 'essentials' and 'necessities'. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 47,000 employees and net sales in 2019 amounted to approximately $13 billion. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com.
 
Media Contact
Rachel Sharpe, Weber Shandwick 
Rsharpe@webershandwick.com

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