Sunwing on April 13 announced it is donating more than 46,000 meals to 17 communities across Canada as part of a new national partnership with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in Canada.
“We know Canadians are worried about their health and safety, but they shouldn’t have to worry about putting food on the table,” said Stephen Hunter, CEO of Sunwing Travel Group. “Working with an incredible organization like Second Harvest gives us the opportunity to continue to help Canadians even as our operations are temporarily suspended.
Hunter notes Sunwing is a Canadian family-run business, which speaks to the framework of understanding and community developed through the new partnership with Second Harvest. Meals that will be provided through this partnership include smoked meat sandwiches, pizza, sausage rolls and breakfast sandwiches, among other items.
“During this crisis in particular, when so many people are at risk of going hungry, we can’t afford to let food go to waste,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “We thank Sunwing for their commitment to Canadians and their meaningful food donation that will help ensure Canadians everywhere have access to healthy food.”
Sunwing was also heavily involved in helping to fly Canadians home on repatriation flights after suspending all flights in response to the spread of COVID-19 and the government-imposed travel restrictions. This included operating more than 400 repatriation flights to 45 destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and Florida and bringing home over 60,000 Canadians, including 3,300 non-Sunwing customers, free of charge.
Sunwing’s donations will be provided to food programs in the following communities, leveraging the reach of Second Harvest:
Thunder Bay, ON
Quebec City, QC
St. John’s, NL