Delta is providing hundreds of thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to hospitals, community food banks and other organizations around the world to support people in need as well as those working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delta adjusted food offerings on board flights to reduce touchpoints between customers and employees. As a result, Delta has been left with food that would have expired before it could be served to customers.
Here are some of the communities where Delta's food donation efforts are making a difference:
- Delta has donated over 200,000 pounds of perishable food items to Feeding America partner agencies across the US and other charities.
- In Nice, France, Delta partnered with local caterer Newrest to donate pre-packaged snacks to hospitals and healthcare workers. Additionally, food and coffee were donated to MIR, an organization distributing free meals and providing shelter to the homeless and human trafficking survivors.
- Managers in New York are providing food donations to hospitals in their region.
- In Philadelphia, Delta partnered with SodexoMAGIC to donate over 500 pounds of food from the Delta Sky Club.
- Delta Sky Clubs around the US, including those in Los Angeles and at New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, have activated similar programs, providing donations to first responders, local charities and churches.
- Delta is working with chef Linton Hopkins to provide trays and packaging supplies to support food distribution to Atlanta hospitality workers, over 5,000 meals per week, including to first responders at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.
In March, Delta started providing free flights to medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and began utilizing Delta's aircraft interiors subsidiary, Delta Flight Products, to manufacture face shields to protect hospital workers.