Disneyland Paris has donated 15 tons of food to help local communities in need during the global outbreak of COVID-19. Disneyland and Walt Disney World are also donating excess food.
According to Disney Parks Blog, Disneyland Paris recently donated 15 tons of surplus food inventory to local and national associations in France.
These include Secours Populaire Français and Restaurants du Cœur. Disneyland Paris temporarily closed on March 15.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World have also temporarily closed in light of COVID-19. Disney previously closed theme parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Disneyland Paris temporarily closed in March
Disneyland Paris cast members identified, collected and redistributed fresh products, including salads, fruit and dairy, as quickly as possible, enabling the large-scale donation operation.
The theme park has a longstanding commitment to reduce food waste and support people in need, and takes steps throughout the year to raise awareness and engage guests and cast members.
These include placing information signs in buffet restaurants and collecting organic food waste from meal preparation from all restaurants at Disneyland Paris.
In the US, Disneyland is donating excess food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Walt Disney World is donating food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Reducing food waste, supporting 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.
Coronavirus has resulted in the closure of various attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort, Six Flags and SeaWorld.
However, theme parks and museums are reopening across China, with Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park reopening on March 20 and Shanghai Disney Resort partially open.