Although this holiday season looks different for all of us, one thing remains the same: the spirit of Delta people as they come together to give back to our communities where we live, work and serve.
From Nov. 23-29, Delta teams are helping give more than 200,000 pounds of food to our charitable partners, equaling more than 150,000 Thanksgiving meals and surpassing 1 million pounds of food donated to organizations around the world this year.
This achievement is possible thanks to efforts by Delta’s on-board and in-flight service teams, which found ways to donate food that would have otherwise been unused. Delta continues to work with longstanding partners like Feeding America, whose network of food banks are distributing food to those in need. The airline has also developed new relationships with local organizations in communities seeing a significant need for food resources. The number of donations increases each day as teams continue to find opportunities to give back.
“Our people continue to amaze me every single day,” said Allison Ausband, Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service. “It’s because of their creativity and servant leadership that we are able to help provide meals to hundreds of thousands of people here in the U.S. and worldwide. This year hasn’t been what any of us had planned, but I’m proud that we are still able to make the holidays a little brighter for those who need a helping hand.”
With winter closing in and necessities in short supply due to COVID-19, Delta has also donated more than 1 million onboard duvets, blankets and pillows to United Way and disaster relief organizations - who will give the blankets to social services agencies, schools, homeless shelters and other charitable organizations.
Donating food is one of many ways Delta teams are demonstrating the indomitable Delta spirit during the ongoing pandemic. Delta has also manufactured personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and provided free flights for medical volunteers fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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