The Unforeseen Discontinued Service of a Second Harvest Sponsor Airline Resulted in Unusable Airline Tickets and Unexpected Costs for the Toronto based Charity
TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Second Harvest's single-largest fundraising event, Toronto Taste, which was held in June, accounts for 20% of Second Harvest's fundraising revenue and supports their critical food rescue program, feeding more than 100,000 hungry children, adults and seniors each month. The sponsored carrier donated airline tickets to the event, which were auctioned off for fundraising purposes.
"We had a commitment to the prize winner to fulfill the conditions of the trip that they purchased, but with the sudden closure of the airline, it meant that we would have to incur thousands of dollars in unbudgeted expenses, which would reduce the funds that were directed to our food rescue program," said Debra Lawson, Executive Director of Second Harvest.
Enter Delta Air Lines who came to the rescue! When a representative of Delta Air Lines, a member of the Joint Venture along with Air France / KLM / Alitalia, heard about Second Harvest's dilemma they kindly offered to donate the airline tickets needed to fulfill the trip obligation.
"When we heard that Second Harvest was left in a little bit of a bind, we just wanted to extend a helping hand," stated Angelo Ferrara, Sales Account Executive.
Second Harvest is incredibly grateful to Delta Air Lines for donating the airline tickets, helping the organization keep expenses down and direct more funds to their core program, and saving the day.
About Second Harvest
Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers that food to more than 200 social service agencies in Toronto, feeding people experiencing hunger. Since 1985 Second Harvest has rescued and delivered over 100 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Second Harvest's vision: No Waste. No Hunger.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year. Delta was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 World's Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fourth time in five years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for four consecutive years, a first for any airline. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights.
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