Mark Zessin, a Houston-based employee with an expertise in getting baggage where it needs to go, sparked an effort to help get food into the hands of families that need it most. He and other employees transformed one of our cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport into a food distribution center to support the Houston Food Bank. The team in Houston is currently moving between 3,000-6,000 disaster relief boxes and produce bags per shift every day as well as loading between 100-120 volunteer vehicle pick-ups to be delivered to communities and families in need.

"These are particularly trying times for United Airlines and their 100,000 employees as they try to navigate this crisis like all of us," says Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank. "But I do know how United and its team members are selflessly stepping up to help their neighbors, setting up a packing operation at their cargo center and even doing no-contact deliveries to reach households that must stay quarantined for their safety and the safety of others. This assistance they are giving to serve the most vulnerable population during this pandemic is amazing. United is a dedicated and important partner of the Houston Food Bank, and we will not forget this generosity."

Beyond the distribution centers, United team members are working to find additional items to donate to first responders and those impacted by COVID-19.

173,000+ lbs of food from United Polaris® lounges, United ClubsSM and Catering have been donated to local food banks and charities to help feed communities we serve around the world

New York/
Newark EWR

15,000 lbs of food donated from EWR Catering Ops to various local charities in the New York City and New Jersey areas

9,900 lbs of food donated from the United Polaris lounge and Sodexo to the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

5,000+ amenity items from recycled amenity kits for local homeless shelters and medical personnel

850 amenity kits delivered to staff members at NYC area hospitals

Chicago ORD

25,000 lbs of food provided to the Greater Chicago Food Depository

6,712 lbs of food donated from the United Polaris lounge and Sodexo to the Salvation Army Freedom Center

2,000 earbuds donated to Lutheran General Hospital

1,700 amenity kits provided to local healthcare workers who are under quarantine away from home

Houston IAH

160,000 lbs of food and household goods distributed by employee volunteers at our Houston Cargo facility

9,590 lbs of food donated from the United Polaris lounge and Sodexo to the Houston Food Bank

San Francisco SFO

3,053 lbs of food and dairy cases donated to the Houston Food Bank from the Phoenix Catering Warehouse

300 amenity kits donated to frontline medical personnel at the University of California — San Francisco

59 lbs of food donated from the United Club and Sodexo to the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County

Las Vegas LAS

25 cases of food donated by the United Club and Sodexo to the McFarland Apartments, a low-income senior housing facility

Guam GUM

22 cases of food donated by the United Club and Sodexo to the Guam Catholic Community Services