Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation pledged an additional $3.8 million to support healthcare workers, charitable organizations and communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the entities announced Nov. 30.
With the new commitment — which includes a donation of more than 400,000 N95 surgical masks and 430,000 KN95 respirators to be distributed by International Medical — Medtronic's COVID-19-relief efforts exceed $46 million.
The COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa, Americares, Direct Relief, Meals on Wheels and numerous food banks are among the nonprofit organizations receiving support from the Medtronic Foundation's $1.6 million grant package.
The Medtronic Foundation will also continue to match Medtronic employee and retiree donations to approved nonprofit organizations.
"It is crucial for us to deliver support quickly to counteract the disproportionate effect the virus has on underserved, marginalized communities," said Paurvi Bhatt, president of the Medtronic Foundation. "In this season of giving, we are also turning our gratitude into action by coming together with our partners to support these issues and the brave front-line health workers who are in need of services themselves."