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," Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, executive vice president, chief human resources and communications officer at Air Canada, stated. "These difficult moments remind us of the importance of continuing to support our communities and help Canadian families in need."
Air Canada has distributed 2,330 kg of fresh veggies, salads, sandwich wraps, muffins and milk, and there will be more to distribute in the coming days," said Meloul-Wechsler.
Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest, added:
"We are grateful to Air Canada for taking a leadership role in national food rescue efforts and to the Air Canada Foundation for continuing its tradition of community support," says . "FoodRescue.ca is a safe food donation platform for both donors and non-profits because it leverages the good health and business practices already in place, so we can make the food recovery process more efficient even before a single donation happens," she stated.
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada, working across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill.
With the escalating global pandemic, Second Harvest, a global thought leader in food recovery and redistribution, has developed the Food Rescue Canadian Alliance that brings together government, non-profit and private sectors to ensure food reaches the most vulnerable members of our communities from coast to coast. Visit foodrescue.ca to learn more.
The Air Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth that was launched in 2012. It offers both financial and in-kind support to Canadian registered charities.
Don't miss a single travel story: subscribe to PAX today!