ATLANTA, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Air Lines Foundation has donated $50,000 to support the efforts of charitable and nonprofit organizations that offer educational and wellness programs and provide assistance to those in need throughout Iowa. The Foundation's giving benefits a diverse group of organizations in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and the Quad Cities.
Recipient organizations include local chapters of the American Red Cross; United Way; YMCA; Junior Achievement; Community Foundation; as well as community food banks.
"We believe that giving back to the communities where Delta people live and work is a civic obligation and is a long-standing part of our company's culture," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president – Community Affairs for Delta. "Delta has a long history of serving Iowa and its residents, and we are privileged to be in a position to help advance the missions of these worthwhile local institutions."
The Delta Air Lines Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1968 to enhance Delta's charitable giving. The Foundation is focused on the key areas of health and wellness, arts and culture, education and diversity. Foundation contributions are unrestricted, allowing recipients to use funds where they are needed the most.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 324 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines