When you don’t think it’s possible to love Disneyland any more than you do already, you learn all about their ongoing commitment of reducing food waste and working towards ending hunger.
As the grand gates close and the magical castle sits in darkness, the cast at the happiest place on earth are working hard behind the scenes to ensure spare food heads to the people who need it most.
According to a statement from Disney, during the temporary closure of both the Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, the company will be donating excess food inventory to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
While closely following food safety guidelines, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals is being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County.
Since 2014, the Disneyland Resort has operated a food donation program through which prepared, unserved food from select locations is regularly donated to support those in need within the local community. This program is in addition to the food scraps diversion program, which also supports Disneyland’s environmental efforts in reducing food waste.
Last year, the Disneyland Resort donated over 20,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County through the food donation program, and Disney VoluntEARS regularly volunteer there, supporting the mission of ending hunger.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange Country
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The #coronavirus #covıd19 pandemic has already impacted everyone in our community, and we have already seen a steep increase in demand for food assistance. A demand that we anticipate will only continue to grow, especially for low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, and individuals as they lose their jobs because businesses are closing. We are working to support our neighbors in need to the best of our ability, but we need your support to purchase 37 truckloads of food, which we will need in the coming weeks to meet demand. If you can, please visit the link in our bio to donate. As always, if you need food, call 2-1-1 to find a food pantry near you.
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Through a network of more than 300 community and program partners distributing food in every city throughout the county, Second Harvest feeds more than 250,000 individuals each month.
Its community partners are non-profit organizations such as shelters, churches, homes for battered and abused women and children and local pantries.
As a vital link between the food industry and agencies that feed those at risk of hunger, Second Harvest has distributed a total of more than 446 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 379 million meals, to the hungry in Orange County.
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