Paradies Lagardère and Saskatoon International Airport Join Forces to Fight Hunger
ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère and Saskatoon International Airport are excited to announce a new initiative designed to help fight hunger in the city. The program, which launched October 21, allows travelers, airline and airport employees the opportunity to purchase and donate convenience foods, healthy snacks, HABA, beverages, and other items, which will then be distributed to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center.
Quotes: “Paradies Lagardère is excited to launch this partnership with Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center at the Saskatoon International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “We’ve received positive feedback regarding our initiatives to fight hunger at the Edmonton and Calgary airports from both our partners and travelers. We’re always looking for new opportunities to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of our employees, business partners and customers.”
“This new initiative with Paradies Lagardère will bring much needed personal care items to the community. We hope this gift inspires those who are travelling to think about donating before they head off on their trip. It is wonderful to see this kind of innovation in ways to support the community – thank you so much!” said Laurie O’Connor, executive director, Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center.
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center is committed to ensuring a food-secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food. The organization offers a number of programs aimed to help address the underlying roots of poverty. For more information, visit www.saskatoonfoodbank.org. Paradies Lagardère has initiated a similar program at the Edmonton International Airport, which partners with the Leduc & District Food Bank, and the YYC Calgary International Airport, which partners with the Airdrie Food Bank. To date, more than 4,000 items have been donated by travelers to those in need.
In the U.S., Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program provides travelers, as well as airline and airport employees, the opportunity to purchase goods – from socks and snacks to phone cards and sundries – which are then distributed to military personnel overseas through the USO and other military service organizations.
The program also includes free meals for troops from Memorial Day to Independence Day, and “pay it forward” opportunities in which customers donate meals for active or retired military personnel. In 2018, Treat our Troops allowed travelers in airports throughout the U.S. to donate 1 million items of need to military service men and women around the globe.