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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
Restaurants at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport display generosity every day, not just during the holiday season, as total food donations to the Des Moines Area Food Bank have exceeded 100,000 pounds since the program began in 2006.The community has benefited from 110,397 pounds of donated food from Sea-Tac Airport — equivalent to roughly one third of the weight of an unloaded Boeing 777 aircraft.
Through an innovative effort, the Port of Seattle encourages its airport stores to participate in the food donation program, this year alone providing 23,527 pounds of surplus food — or 361 meals per week — to the food bank. The trend of increased giving from 2011 to 2012 is even more striking. At 25,061 pounds, food donations increased 240 percent over 2011 donations of 7,370 pounds. Additional restaurant participation accounts for the dramatic uptick in donations.
At the current collection rate, collected food is expected to pass a record 30,000 pounds by year’s end, an increase of 16 percent over last year’s total.“The program is a win-win-win for the community, the environment and the bottom line,” said Port of Seattle Environmental Program Manager Stacy Fox. “Community members benefit from a consistent source of nutritious meals, Sea-Tac reduces waste sent to landfill and donors save money by avoiding costly disposal fees.”
Airport restaurants collect and store pre-packaged food, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and other unsold items in large-capacity refrigerators located in a designated room at the airport. Collected daily by volunteer drivers, the Des Moines Area Food Bank distributes the donated food to residents throughout the local community.Sea-Tac is one of only a handful of airports across the country that has a Food Donation Program in place.
Nineteen stores participate in the program, with HMSHost and Hudson News leading the donation effort. Hudson News, Alki Bakery, Ken’s Baggage and Frozen Food Storage and Dilettante Chocolates have participated in the program since its inception seven years ago.
Source:-Port of Seattle