Like Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney Resort has a long history of supporting local nonprofits. One of these relationships is with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. With the parks closing due to Coronavirus concerns, Disney has announced it will donate its excess food inventory that’s at risk of spoilage if not consumed soon, to Second Harvest.
The Disney Harvest program has been running since 1991 and regularly collects excess and unserved food from locations across Walt Disney World then delivers it to feeding programs across Central Florida.
According to a statement from Walt Disney World, the Disney Harvest Program collects and distributes more than 823,000 pounds of prepared, unserved food a year and supports Second Harvest’s work serving more than 40 Orlando-area nonprofits. In the last year alone, these donations provided one million meals to people in need.
“Second Harvest Food Bank is known for their vital work addressing critical food needs in Central Florida, and we know the important role we play in helping to bring meaningful solutions to our community in times of great need.” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Second Harvest Food Bank also gets help from Disney Cast Members in form of monetary contributions and ongoing Disney VoluntEARS efforts.
If you’ve participated in the runDisney Wine and Dine half Marathon Weekend, then you’ve also helped support Second Harvest Food Bank. It’s the official charity of the event and Disney donates and distributes extra food from post-race boxes to those in need.
This is the type of community support we’ve come to expect from Walt Disney World and its cast members in times of disaster and other emergencies. Just another reason we are big fans of The Walt Disney Company.