Disneyland announced that it will help out a nearby food bank after the theme park closed its doors.
What’s going on:
Disney announced on the Disney Parks Blog that it will provide all excess food to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, California.
The company hopes to reduce food waste since it closed its doors, according to Kyleigh Johnson, the Disneyland Resort external communications manager.
Here’s the full statement:
“The Disneyland Resort has an ongoing commitment to reducing food waste, and during the temporary closure of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be donating excess food inventory to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
“While closely following food safety guidelines, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals is being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County.
“Since 2014, the Disneyland Resort has operated a food donation program through which prepared, unserved food from select locations is regularly donated to support those in need within the local community. This program is in addition to the food scraps diversion program, which also supports our environmental efforts in reducing food waste.
“Last year, the Disneyland Resort donated over 20,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County through the food donation program, and Disney VoluntEARS regularly volunteer there, supporting the mission of ending hunger.”
Disneyland closes its doors
Disneyland announced March 14 that it would close its doors to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, as I wrote for the Deseret News. The announcement came after California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for large gatherings to end amid the outbreak.
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The Walt Disney Company later closed Walt Disney World and multiple other Disney hotels, too.