As the reliance on food banks across the United States skyrockets amid the COVID-19 crisis, United Airlines has taken the liberty to transform its cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) into food distribution centers. This meaningful endeavor comes as the coronavirus decimated travel demand worldwide, leaving no passenger carrier unscathed.
United Airlines' latest contribution comes in especially handy as it helps boost the Houston Food Bank's efforts to feed families in need during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Not only is the Chicago-based carrier adapting and utilizing its facilities for good cause, hundreds of United employees across departments are volunteering plenty of hours to sort, pack as well as distribute relief packages to families in need.
It is said that up to 6,000 relief packages are distributed to needy families in Houston daily. According to United, its employees have sorted and bagged approximately 160,000 pounds of precious food and household products and volunteered around 5,000 hours.
The Houston Food Bank couldn't be more grateful for United and its employees' selflessness and generosity in such trying times. For those who don't already know, the Houston Food Bank is one of the airline's critical needs partners. The latest partnership isn't the first time United has worked with the Houston Food Bank. In fact, the airline has invested over $1 million dollars in the organization that serves over 104 million meals to food insecure individuals and families in Southeast Texas over the last four years.
In case you were wondering, supporting the Houston Food bank as best as it can is not all that United is doing. The airline has donated over 159,000 pounds of food from from its catering facilities and Polaris lounges to food banks, hospitals and other organizations; 2,800 amenity kits to frontline healthcare workers; offered free flights for doctors, nurses and medical professionals traveling to New York, New Jersey and California to help battle COVID-19 and more.
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are also doing their part in helping fight hunger. Delta is donating more than 200,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to hospitals, community food banks, as well as other organizations globally while American Airlines has donated more than 81,000 pounds of food to food banks in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago.