Between soaring unemployment rates and rapidly increasing food insecurity, we need creative solutions to these unprecedented issues. The airline industry has been one of the hardest hit areas of our economy during this COVID-19 crisis. Through a unique new partnership, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is helping airline workers stay employed and distributing food to those who need it most—tackling two of the biggest stressors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
GBFB recently started working with Project Isaiah, a nonprofit whose mission is to deliver meals to those in need and preserve food service jobs. Serving 11 cities and partnering with over 80 nonprofits, they’ve saved over 500 jobs by redeploying staff from airline companies like Gate Gourmet, an airline catering company working at airports across the globe, including Logan Airport in Boston. In partnership with Gate Gourmet and generous philanthropists, Project Isaiah offers a truncated version of the menu they offer airlines and distribute meals to hunger-relief organizations like GBFB.
GBFB began its partnership with Project Isaiah at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Eastern Massachusetts. We receive over 7,000 meals a week that go directly to our community partners. With tasty single serve items prepacked in a ready-to-distribute paper bags with handles, Project Isaiah donates a protein pack and a breakfast pack containing a variety of filling foods. Single serving peanut butters, mixed nuts, apple sauce, dried fruit, granola bars, pretzels and cookies are among the various items in a given meal. Shelf stable and easily accessible, these staples are then distributed throughout GBFB agency network. Through the month of May, GBFB has distributed over 40,000 of these meal kits.
It takes all of us to end hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gate Gourmet through Project Isaiah is contributing to ending hunger here one meal at a time.