Paradies Lagardère Continues to Fight Hunger Across Canada with New Initiative at Regina International Airport
ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère and Regina International Airport are excited to announce a new initiative designed to help fight hunger in the city. The program, which launched on November 24, allows travelers, as well as airline and airport employees, to purchase and donate convenience foods, healthy snacks, HABA, beverages, and other items, which will then be distributed to the Regina Food Bank.
Quotes: “Paradies Lagardère’s community is coast to coast and throughout North America. We’re excited to partner with Regina International Airport and the Regina Food Bank to fight food insecurity,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “We’ve launched similar initiatives at the Edmonton International Airport, the YYC Calgary International Airport, the Saskatoon International, and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and we’ve received great support for the program among travelers. We’re always looking for new opportunities to make a difference in the communities where we operate and positively impact the lives of our employees, business partners and customers.”
“We are so excited about the opportunity to partner with Paradies Lagardère. This collaboration is such a cool way to involve the community in supporting those in need. We can’t wait to get started. We are so grateful to Paradies Lagardère for developing and including us in this initiative and to the Regina Airport Authority for green lighting the program at the Regina International Airport,” said John Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, Regina and District Food Bank.
The Regina Food Bank is a charitable community-based organization working to eliminate hunger and food insecurity through nutritious food distribution, education and support programs in partnership and cooperation with the community. With close to 90,000 requests for services annually, the Regina Food Bank understands that feeding a community is much more than the provision of food. The organization continues to innovate and provide services and supports that address the complex long-term issues that create hunger and food insecurity. Working collaboratively with its partners, the Regina Food Bank believes in the possibility of a caring community, and that together communities can fight hunger, and feed hope, and make a real difference in the lives of neighbors and friends, many of whom turn to the food bank for help.
Paradies Lagardère has initiated similar programs at the Edmonton International Airport and Leduc & District Food Bank, the YYC Calgary International Airport and Airdrie Food Bank, the Saskatoon International Airport and Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and Winnipeg Harvest.
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.