Ms. Arielle Meloul-Wechsler reports
AIR CANADA AND AIR CANADA FOUNDATION WORK WITH SECOND HARVEST TO REDISTRIBUTE ONBOARD FRESH FOOD ITEMS TO CANADIANS IN NEED
Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation are working with Canadian food rescue organization Second Harvest 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 [Food Rescue website] 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 kilograms 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, Air Canada.
"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 Lori Nikkel, chief executive officer of Second Harvest. "[The Food Rescue website] 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."
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline, serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and, in 2019, served over 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to: 62 airports in Canada; 53 in the United States; and 101 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
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