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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Donating Surplus Food to Help Local Communities

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With the gates closed to what so many of us know and love as our safe place, take comfort in knowing that Disney continues quietly making magic during this unprecedented time.

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have both started donations of surplus food to help the local communities that they call home. 

After making the difficult but unavoidable decision to close Disneyland and Walt Disney World through the end of the month, the Company’s focus has been on the well-being of its cast members, guests, and local communities.


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Starting today, Walt Disney World Resort cast members joined the Distribution Services team that oversees collection and delivery of donations to help the community and share surplus food inventory with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

“These donations would not be possible without the dedication of cast members behind the scenes who collect, sort and distribute every item to ensure it’s delivered with the highest level of freshness, keeping food safety top of mind,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director, External Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. “We feel an immense sense of pride and excitement every time we see the Disney Harvest truck making deliveries in the community, and we’re so grateful for the team that makes these donations happen.”

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At Disneyland Resort, food donations actually started over the weekend.  There, excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals were shared with Second Harvest Food Bank for pantries and food distribution sites throughout Orange County. 

Harald Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, expressed his gratitude: “Donations of food, especially shelf-stable food, will be critical in the days and weeks ahead to serve those in our community impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”  

Both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have an ongoing commitment of reducing food waste, and unserved food from select locations is regularly donated to support those in need within the local community.   Each year, the resorts donate over 1.2 million (yes, MILLION) meals to their local Second Harvest Food Bank as part of the ongoing food donation programs.

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I know this is a trying time for Disney’s incredible cast members, as it is for all of us. They never cease to amaze me with the good that they do – now not just in Disney’s parks and resorts, but in our community as a whole.

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