This is a topic many of us probably haven’t pondered during the past few weeks but what are airlines doing with all the food that has been bought to supply flights that are no longer operating? Think about it – airlines must plan ahead so lots of food items were ordered months ago and with lots of it being delivered before those orders could be cancelled. And with schedules reduced to just a trickle of what they were before that would mean there is the possibility of a lot of food going to waste due to so few flights being catered.
Well, Air Canada has tackled that problem by donating fresh food items to Second Harvest:
Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation are working with Canadian food
rescue organization Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca to redistribute fresh
food items from Air Canada’s in-flight kitchens as the airline begins
suspending the majority of its international and U.S. transborder
flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
“While so many of us are staying home during these extraordinary times,
we also remain united in taking care of each other. These difficult
moments remind us of the importance of continuing to support our
communities and help Canadian families in need. Since we work with
catering facilities across Canada, the
network that Second Harvest offers through their national FoodRescue.ca
platform enables us collectively to get these ready-to-eat food items to
those who need it most as quickly as possible. To date, we have
redistributed 2,330 kg of fresh veggies, salads, sandwich wraps, muffins
and milk, and there will be more to distribute in the coming days,”
said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada.
The re-distribution of the fresh food has taken place in 7 Canadian cities and as stated in the press release will continue in the coming days.
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