United Airlines converts cargo facilities into food distribution centers

United Airlines has announced that it has transformed a George Bush International Airport cargo facility into a food distribution center to aid the Houston Food Bank´s efforts to feed families in need during the COVID-19 crisis, the company said.

The idea to convert the cargo space came from an employee, a United baggage team member.

Beyond the distribution centers, United team members across the system are finding ways to support COVID-19 first responders and those impacted by the virus. To date, United has:

-Donated more than 159,000 pounds of food to food banks, hospitals and other organizations from United´s catering facilities and Polaris lounges
-Donated 2,800 amenity kits to healthcare workers on the frontlines providing aid
-Donated USD 100k worth of advertising space in London to UNICEF to support its education efforts around COVID-19 and protecting children around the globe
-Operated more than 355 cargo charter flights that have moved over 5.6M kgs of cargo (including PPE, medical equipment, mail and other general cargo)
-Operated nearly 100 repatriation flights returning nearly 17,000 people home who were stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic
-Provided free flights for doctors, nurses and medical professionals traveling to New York, New Jersey and California to help battle COVID-19

Employee volunteers in Houston are receiving, packing, sorting and distributing food and other items to families in need. To date, employees have sorted and bagged nearly 160,000 pounds of food and household products and volunteered nearly 5,000 hours.

The Houston Food Bank is one of United´s critical needs partners. Over the last four years, United has invested more than one million dollars in the organization that annually serves more than 104 million meals to food insecure individuals and families in Southeast Texas.