Social Contribution


Momofuku Ando, the founder of the NISSIN FOODS Group, invented instant noodles after continuing to contemplate how he could contribute to society by satisfying people’s hunger.
The NISSIN FOODS Group carries on the spirit of the founder, implementing the Hyakufukushi Project—a commitment to engage in a total of 100 social contribution activities for the future in 50 years—as well as working on efforts such as emergency support and support for the eradication of hunger through our products.

Support for Future Generations

Support for the Healthy Growth of Children

Funding for School Meals in Developing Countries

One in three children in developing countries suffers from chronic malnutrition. NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and NISSIN FROZEN FOODS participate in the Red Cup campaign to provide school meals to children in developing countries, donating a portion of sales of designated products to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
In addition, we provide funding for school meals in developing countries through the Hyakufukushi Project and sponsorship of various events.

Donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Cumulative Total from FY2013
Approximately ¥ 282 million*
  • *The designated products are NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS’s CHICKEN RAMEN, CHICKEN RAMEN Donburi, and Zero-second CHICKEN RAMEN, as well as NISSIN FROZEN FOODS’s CHICKEN RAMEN Kin-no-Chahan.

Improvement of Education Environment through the Bellmark Campaign

NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS has been selling products with the Bellmark symbol since 1961. The Bellmark Campaign is an initiative of the Bellmark Educational Support Foundation in which companies and consumers join together in providing school educational materials and equipment. Each point is converted to ¥ 1, and the proceeds are used to purchase necessary educational materials and equipment for schools.

Collected Bellmark Points (Donations)

FY 2023
9,240,224 points
  • *The products printed with the Bellmark symbol are NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS’s CHICKEN RAMEN, CHICKEN RAMEN Mini, CHICKEN RAMEN Donburi, Demae Iccho, Nissin Yakisoba, Nissin Yakisoba Omori 1.5 Times, Nissin Yakisoba U.F.O., Nissin Raoh Five-meal Pack, and NISSIN NO RAMENYA-SAN.

Food Education

NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS has held the CHICKEN RAMEN Oishii (Delicious) Dietary Education School program nationwide since 2008. A cumulative total number of 12,919 participants has participated in this program as of March 2023.
In this program, we teach children how CHICKEN RAMEN is made by enabling them to enjoyably experience the process of making instant noodles, from kneading flour and rolling noodles, to flavoring noodles after steaming them. Furthermore, after explaining nutritional balance in an easy-to-understand way, we provide opportunities for children to develop their ability to choose food by letting them actually add toppings to CHICKEN RAMEN while thinking about nutritional balance.

Emergency Support

Emergency Food Aid through WINA

Instant noodles are extremely useful relief supplies in times of natural disaster. The NISSION GOODS GROUP is working to provide food assistance during disasters through WINA (World Ramen Association).
From December 2004 to March 2022, the Group collaborated with 74 companies and organizations such as the Red Cross Society to donate 7.5 million instant noodle products to disaster-stricken areas.

International Relieve Response by WINA in FY2019-FY2021
Period Natural Disaster Donation Volume Products were donated with
2018 June Volcano Erupted in Guatemala 100,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.
September Dam break by the heavy rainfall in Attapeu Province, Southern Laos 10,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN FOODS (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
Flood in Kerala, South India 100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN NISSIN FOODS INDIA LTD.
October Earthquake & Tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia 100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN PT. NISSIN FOODS INDONESIA
Hurricane Florence in the Eastern US 68,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.)
2019 January Tsunami in Banten Province, Indonesia 100,000 servings of TOP RAMEN PT. NISSIN FOODS INDONESIA
2020 February COVID-19 25,000 servings of CUP NOODLES, etc. NISSIN FOODS (H.K.)
May-June COVID-19 64,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.)
October Hurricane in Guatemala 100,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V.
2021 December Large typhoon in Philippines 100,000 servings of CUP NOODLES NISSIN-UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORP.

World Instant Noodles Association (WINA)

The World Instant Noodles Association (WINA) is an industry organization that was established in 1997 on the proposal of Momofuku Ando for the purpose of contributing to development of the instant noodles industry and dietary habits around the world. WINA regularly holds the World Instant Noodles Summit and Food Safety Conference for member companies and organizations, and supports emergency food aid efforts through the provision of instant noodles to natural disaster victims around the world. As of March 2022, WINA had 140 member companies and organizations in 23 countries and regions around the world. CEO Koki Ando of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS serves as the chairman. NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS also assigns four employees to WINA as permanent staff members.

World Instant Noodles Association (WINA)

Aiding towards the Eradication of Hunger

Support for the Activities to Eradicate Hunger through JA WFP

According to the United Nations, up to 828 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. The NISSIN FOODS Group actively supports the activities of the Japan Association for the World Food Programme (JAWFP), in accordance with our founder’s philosophy, “Peace will come to the world when there is enough food.”
The Group is also working to raise awareness of world hunger among our employees and the public, and in addition to donating a portion of its product sales to the WFP, the Group also supports the charity event WFP Walk the World. In fiscal 2022, approximately ¥33 million was donated to JA WFP, bringing cumulative donations since 2011 to approximately ¥420 million.

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Assisting approximately 100 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and times of conflict, and working with communities to improve nutrition and provide school meals. “WFP” is used here as a collective term for the United Nations organization “United Nations World Food Programme” and the accredited NPO “Japan Association for the World Food Program” that supports it.
CEO Koki Ando of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS serves as the chairman, and NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS also assigns two employees to WFP as operating staff members to provide support for activities.

United Nations World Food Programme(WFP)

Support for Poverty through Product Donations

We are donating products to various facilities, including food banks.

Product donations in Fiscal 2022
Company name Donation Volume
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS 46,000 servings
NISSIN CISCO 3,900 servings
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.) 97,000 servings
MYOJYO U.S.A. 180 servings
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL 148,000 servings
Nissin Foods GmbH (Nissin Germany) 280,000 servings
Nissin Foods Kft. (Nissin Hungary) 10,000 servings

Ando Foundation Initiatives

Ando Foundation

Momofuku Ando, the founder of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, established the Ando Foundation with his personal funds in 1983 in the belief that “Eating and sports are the two axles of health.” The foundation’s main activities are support for track and field events, promotion of nature activities, operation of the CUPNOODLES MUSEUMS, and an awards program that encourages creative foundational research and solid developments that lead to the creation of new food products. The NISSIN FOODS Group endorses the principles of the Ando Foundation and enthusiastically supports its activities.

Ando Foundation (in Japanese)

Interactive Educational Food Museums

The Ando Foundation operates the CUPNOODLES MUSEUM (official name: The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum), interactive educational food museums in Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture and Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museums provide fun opportunities to learn about creative thinking by Momofuku Ando, the founder of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, and the importance of invention and discovery.
The museums feature exhibits related to the invention and development of instant noodles, the Chicken Ramen Factory, where visitors make noodles by hand from flour, and the My CUPNOODLES Factory, where visitors select a soup and ingredients to create their own original CUP NOODLESS.

Cumulative total FY2023
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA 10,610,000 visitors (since 1999) 440,000 visitors
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM YOKOHAMA 10,180,000 visitors (since 2011) 700,000 visitors

Support for Sports

Since 2015, the Ando Foundation, together with the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, has conducted the Ando Foundation Global Challenge Project to support overseas competition by young track and field athletes. The project supports unsponsored individuals age 16 or older who aspire to win medals in international track and field competitions, helping them to use long school vacations to gain valuable experience at environments that draw world-class athletes.
In addition, we cooperated with the Japan Basketball Association to establish the U18 NISSIN LEAGUE in 2022, supporting the development, intensive training, and spread of basketball players who are high-school students. In the past, basketball competitions for those under 18 years old mainly took the form of tournaments. A league format ensures a certain number of matches to be played, and the schedules of matches and the teams involved are predetermined. This allows high-quality preparations to be made for matches. Offering the same type of competition environment as professional athletes helps those under 18 years old to further improve their competition skills.

SHOKUSOKAI That Supports New Food Creation

Based on NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS founder Momofuku Ando’s philosophy “Create foods to serve society,” the Ando Foundation founded the SHOKUSOKAI in 1996 to promote the creation of new food products and contribute toward the development of the foods industry. The Momofuku Ando Awards are held yearly to encourage creative foundational research, food product development, and venture businesses.
Under the SHOKUSOKAI, the Momofuku Ando Awards recognizes creative researchers, developers, and venture entrepreneurs who contribute to the invigoration of food science and the creation and development of new food products. This initiative supports the activities of researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs with a grand prize of ¥ 10 million and awards of excellence of ¥ 2 million as well as invention and discovery encouragement awards of 1 million yen awarded as an extra prize for young researchers and developers working at small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Scholarship for Graduate Students Who Work on the Development of Food Science

With a desire not to let the COVID-19 pandemic impede food science innovation, the Ando Foundation and NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS established the NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and Momofuku Ando Scholarship which supports graduate students who undertake research that contributes toward the development of food science. Since fiscal 2022, scholarships with an annual value of ¥ 1 million are given to 100 graduate students. Support is being provided for the development of human resources taking on the development and invigoration of food science based on Momofuku Ando’s philosophy “Create foods to serve society.

Study to Help Improve Food Culture

Starting from fiscal 2023, the Ando Foundation has been undertaking a study project for the development of an indication for subjective wellbeing in the area of food to help research and development that contribute to the improvement of food culture. By making the data collected through the study widely available to the public, the foundation advances the research and development of researchers and entrepreneurs and contributes to the further development of food culture.

Creation of Opportunities to Enjoy Nature

The Ando Foundation has supported nature-experience activities that enrich the creativity of children since its inception. Click on the following link for details.

The Hyakufukushi Project

The NISSIN FOODS Group carries on the spirit of founder Momofuku Ando, who enthusiastically engaged in activities to contribute to society. Since 2008, the company's 50th anniversary, the NISSIN FOODS Group has been implementing the Hyakufukushi Project, a social contribution activitity to engage in a total of 100 things we can do in the 50 years before 2058.

The Hyakufukushi Project

External Awards and Recognition

The NISSIN FOODS Group is recognized externally for its sustainability and ESG initiatives.

External Awards and Recognition