United Airlines leaders package meals for malnourished children

More than 700 United Airlines leaders from around the world — including CEO Oscar Munoz — kicked off the company´s 2-day 2017 Global Leadership Conference in Chicago by packing more than a quarter of a million meals for children suffering from malnutrition in El Salvador, the airline said.

United partnered with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) — which focuses on ending hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world´s most vulnerable communities. The three-hour event — which packaged 285,120 meals — represents Rise Against Hunger´s largest food-packing event ever held in Chicago. The meals created will help feed nearly 3,000 children in El Salvador for an entire year.

United´s leaders from 14 countries across five continents worked hand-in-hand with senior executives for the first half-day of the conference at Chicago´s McCormick Place Convention Center to package meals as part of the team-building service project. Approximately 1,600 meals were packaged per minute, resulting in 43,560 pounds of food.

United Airlines´ 2017 Global Leadership Conference — themed “The New Spirit of United” — has assembled the company´s worldwide management group to meet with Munoz and the senior executive team to learn more about the strategic plan the company put into action last fall to build the best airline in the world for its employees, customers, and everyone it serves. The conference also includes a number of leadership development and team-building programs as part of the agenda.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline operates 737 mainline aircraft and its United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. With program locations in 20 US cities and five international partners, Rise Against Hunger coordinates the packaging and distribution of nutrient rich meals to 37 countries worldwide, providing food and life-changing aid to the world´s most vulnerable, meeting immediate nutritional needs today, and empowering strong, resilient communities tomorrow.