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Disney Is Donating Excess Food To Food Banks While Its Parks Are Closed

Cast members joined the Distribution Services team to help its local community and share surplus food.

As you may have heard, Disney recently closed both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The closure of Disneyland and Disney World follows the closure of Disney's other parks in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

However, in a rare bit of light in these dark times, Disney has continued to try and spread the message of hope by donating excess food inventory from the closures to Second Harvest Food Bank in their respective communities.

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In Florida, Walt Disney World Resort cast members joined the Distribution Services team that oversees collection and delivery of donations to help their local community and share surplus food.

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Inventory like fresh salads, greens, and expertly cooked hot items were shared with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

In California at the Disneyland Resort, food donations actually started over the weekend.

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While closely following safety guidelines, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods, and banquet meals were shared with Second Harvest Food Bank to be quickly moved out to pantries and food distribution sites throughout Orange County.

Both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida actually have an ongoing commitment to reducing food waste.

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Each year, the resorts donate over 1.2M meals to their local Second Harvest Food Bank as part of the ongoing food donation programs. Unserved food from select locations is regularly donated to support those in need within their local communities. And Disney’s support of Second Harvest Food Bank doesn’t stop there, with longstanding support also including monetary donations and ongoing Disney VoluntEARS efforts, where Cast Members donate their time to collect, sort, and distribute food donations.

If you'd like to learn more or are interested in donating to Second Harvest Food Bank visit their site here.

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