Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020
United Airlines announced that it has now transformed one of its cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport into a food distribution center. This adds to United Airlines’ numerous efforts to help communities fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The staff member in Houston has started sorting food packages and essential items before distributing them to those in need. Employees have already sorted and bagged just under 160,000 pounds of food and household products during their 5,000 hours of volunteering, as of the latest reports.
Brian Greene, President, and CEO, Houston Food Bank said in a statement that the initiative is extremely valuable for the community. He mentioned that United is a dedicated and essential partner, and his team will not forget the company’s generosity.
He shared that United and its team members are selflessly stepping up to help their neighbors by adopting their cargo center to be a produce inspecting, sorting and packing operation. He said that majority of the donated food will be used at the new large-scale distribution model called ‘Neighborhood Super Site’ which expects to see 3,000 to 5,000 vehicles each event.
He also informed that volunteers will also pick up the product at the cargo center to make safe, no-contact deliveries to reach households that must stay quarantined for their own as well as others’ safety.
Greene’s organization serves over 104 million meals to vulnerable individuals and families in Southeast Texas. TexasThe institution has also placed measures to make sure the public obtains goods safely amid the pandemic.
Sharon Grant, Vice President, United Global Community Engagement further added that she is proud that United’s employees are always looking for ways to make every action count. She said that the move is an excellent example of the power of working together with its non-profit partners to handle severe issues.