American Airlines team members are helping donate perishable food to local nonprofit organizations to help communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

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It started with a suggestion by team members who use the Wheels Up Café at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas. After the cafeteria closed, the team recognized an opportunity to repurpose food items, including assorted proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, to help those in their community.

Team members organized quickly to donate nearly $10,000 of perishable goods to local food banks running low on items.

“As soon as we knew the supplies were ready for distribution, we decided to partner with organizations that could get the food to where it’s needed most,” said DFW Director of Administration Michael Bryant. “Helping the community and team members is our top priority and we’re happy we have the means to do that.”

The donation is part of American’s continued commitment to help provide relief for those affected by COVID-19 and was delivered to three organizations in the North Texas: GRACE pantry in Grapevine, Café Momentum in Dallas, and Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano.

So far in April, American has donated:

  • 63,000 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • 26,000 meals to St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix.
  • 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to Equal Heart in Dallas.
  • 2,900 pounds of food items to Minnie’s Food Pantry in Dallas.
  • 10,000 food items to the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas.