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Disney Surprises Local Community Food Banks in Anaheim and Orlando with Huge Donations

Second Harvest Culinary Training Program with Chef Mickey

The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) has a big philanthropic presence, and this week Disneyland and Walt Disney World announced significant donations to local community food banks to support families in need.

Disneyland Resort

This week Disneyland Resort announced a donation of $5,000 to the Community Action Partnership Orange County (CAP OC) to support their OC Food Bank program during “Minnie’s Moonlit Madness,” a fun cast member event where 1,600 super sleuths solved puzzles, decoded riddles, and tested their Disney trivia knowledge in hopes of saving Oswald’s 95th birthday bash..

But Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock had an extra magical moment in store with Detective Minnie by his side on stage: “On behalf of our cast members, the Disneyland Resort and our Disney VoluntEARS, I am very excited to present the OC Food Bank with an additional check in the amount of $100,000.”

To share the love, Disneyland Resort also donated an additional $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County recently.

Disneyland - Minnie’s Moonlit Madness donation to food banks

Walt Disney World

Over in Florida, Walt Disney World donated $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida last week with the help of Chef Mickey.

Students from the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program were in attendance as the $100,000 donation was announced, and Disney also recently donated non-slip shoes to every student in the program, helping them take their first steps into their culinary future.

WDW has partnered with the organization for more than 30 years, and this most recent donation joins the $500,000 granted to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration.

Culinary donation with Chef Mickey to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Giving Back to the Communities

In addition to the above donations, both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort support local food banks through donations of time and resources.

Disney VoluntEARS help collect, sort and distribute the food, leaving a positive impact on food insecurity issues in their local communities.

Since March 2020, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products has donated nearly $20 million worth of food to hunger-relief organizations supporting communities globally.

That’s the equivalent of more than 2.1 million meals.

Late last year, TWDC also made a contribution to Feeding America to support efforts to source more produce and increase the number of nutritious meals provided to children and families who need it most.

Distributed across 30 Feeding America member food banks across the U.S., this grant served approximately 500,000 kids, and provided over 3,000,000 pounds of produce.

That’s a lot of people and families helped.