United Airlines to donate USD 1m to Houston Food Bank




United Airlines has announced a USD 1.0m grant to the Houston Food Bank in support of its school market program, the company said. 

The School Market program was specifically expanded to assist children attending Harvey-affected schools, which were among the hardest hit after Hurricane Harvey.

United´s investment in the food bank´s school market program will provide nutritious food to students at 25 schools, each serving an average of 200 households a year. Among the 25 schools, 10 schools will receive new United-branded brick and mortar pantries onsite and 15 will receive mobile pantries. All pantries will be open this fall for the new school year and provide families the opportunity to shop for food throughout the academic year. By improving the quality of food and providing more access to fruits and vegetables, the Houston Food Bank expects to help increase students´ fruit and vegetable intake, improve their academic performance and school attendance. 

The announcement is the second in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is a part of a total of USD 8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities — Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. 

Throughout these four-year grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements. 

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. 

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities.