The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several popular parks to close business. This includes the Disney parks in the United States. For now, there’s almost nothing they can do to avoid this economic blow. However, they are seeking to prevent food wastage by donating their remaining food inventory to a Los Angeles food bank.
As Disneyland Resort closed its Anaheim theme park over COVID-19 concerns, Disney announced last Friday that it will donate its excess food supply to a local food bank.
According to a post from Disney Parks’ blog, this donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will include banquet meals, packaged goods, vegetables, fruits and dairy. The company emphasized that strict food safety guidelines will be followed.
The Disney resort has been operating food donation programs since 2014. They send unserved, prepared meals to specific locations to help food insecure people in their local community.
Last year, Second Harvest got over 20,000 donated meals from Disneyland Resort. Disney’s employees also volunteer at the non-profit organization regularly. Second Harvest works hard to address hunger in Orange County, where over 290,000 people are at risk of starvation each month, including one out of every 6 children.
Both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have a strong ongoing commitment of lessening unserved food and food waste. In selected locations and local communities, they donate food to those in need. Every year, the resorts donate more than 1.2M food meals to the local Second Harvest Food Bank. This is part of their ongoing donation programs.
The company’s commitment to their food bank also includes Disney VoluntEARS efforts and monetary donations. Disney VoluntEARS is where cast members donate some of their time to sort, distribute and collect food donations.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are scheduled to close this Saturday. This is in response to the coronavirus pandemic guidelines.
According to Walt Disney Company, its staffers started working with the distribution services team. This team handles park donations.
According to Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Walt Disney World Resort’s director of external affairs, these donations would not be possible without the cast members’ dedication. These people, who work behind the scenes, collect, sort and distribute items to ensure that they are delivered with a high level of freshness. Food safety is always at the top of their mind.
They feel a huge sense of excitement and pride each time they see the Disney Harvest truck delivering food to the community.
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