Good Deed: Delta Donates Tonnes Of Unused Food

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Delta Air Lines has donated over 200,000 pounds or just over 90 metric tons of food so far in 2020. This donation of unused food is a result of surplus quantities leftover after Delta streamlined onboard service, significantly reduced the number of flights with meal service, and scaled-back Sky Club food options.

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Delta is donating unused food. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Donation of unused food

In the announcement, Delta indicated that over 200,000 pounds of food went out to hospitals, food banks, and other organizations worldwide to support the front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation includes both perishable and non-perishable goods.

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Over 200,000 pounds of food left Delta’s storage facilities for donation to communities in need. Photo: Delta Air Lines

So far, over 200,000 pounds of perishable food items alone went to Feeding America and other charities including the Georgia Food & Resource Center and the Carthage Crisis Center in Missouri. Feeding America is a nationwide network of agencies and food banks that increase food access to those in need.

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The Georgia Food & Resource Center is a similar initiative, however, it operates locally in Georgia. The Carthage Crisis Center in Missouri is a homeless mission. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, Sky Clubs are working to donate food to local food banks, first responders, churches, and charities.

And, at the crown jewel of Delta’s operations, the airline has partnered with a chef, Linton Hopkins, to provide trays and packaging supplies to organizations that deliver meals to hospitality workers in the Atlanta-area. In addition, some of these supplies will aid Hopkins’ program delivering over 5,000 meals a week to locals in need and first responders at the Emory University Hospital.

Delta’s donations are running across its network of destinations. Photo: Delta Air Lines

In Nice, France, Delta partnered with a caterer from the region– Newrest– to donate pre-packaged snacks. These items were distributed to hospitals and healthcare workers. Additional coffee and food went to an organization called MIR that distributes free meals and provides shelter to homeless people and survivors of human trafficking.

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Where is Delta getting all this food?

In the past month, Delta has slashed the number of its international long-haul and domestic flights. Not only did this leave the carrier with excess planes, but also excess food due to fewer meals being served onboard aircraft.

The reduction in international long-haul routes contributed to the surplus of food. Photo: Delta Air Lines

In addition, Delta streamlined service onboard domestic and international flights further contributing to the excess supply. Lastly, in Sky Clubs, Delta has moved away from buffet service to packaged snacks with beverages.

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Buffet service has been cut in favor of packaged snack services. Photo: Jay Singh – Simple Flying

Rather than let this go to waste, it makes more sense for Delta to donate it. There are also plenty of communities in need of this food. From an environmental standpoint, this move also reduces the amount of waste entering landfills. In the coming weeks, the Atlanta-based carrier does plan on donating more surplus food.

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What do you make of Delta’s latest move to donate food? Let us know in the comments!

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