Transat Donates 110 Pallets of Food
Transat A.T. Inc., has given back to its community by donating a large amount of food items to Centraide (United Way) of Greater Montreal, which is redistributing them to the Réseau alimentaire de l'Est de Montréal for the Grande Boucle Solidaire. Over 500,000 food items, 110 pallets of food, that were originally intended for passengers on its flights will be distributed starting this week.
"With needs now even greater than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very pleased to make this donation of food items," said Jean-François Lemay, President, Air Transat.
"Nothing is more gratifying to us than knowing we will be helping thousands of families, with the Holidays just around the corner."
The Réseau alimentaire de l'Est de Montréal (Eastern Montreal Food Network) is an NPO whose mission is to federate food initiatives in the East of Montreal with the objective of eliminating food deserts.
The operation was made possible with the co-operation of two of Air Transat's partners, Fleury Michon and Purolator, who transported the food free of charge from the airline's bases to its central warehouses in Montreal.
“Centraide of Greater Montreal thanks Transat for this generous donation of food to help families in neighbourhoods heavily impacted by COVID-19 to cope with the crisis," stated Mario Régis, Vice-President, Social Development, Centraide of Greater Montreal.
"The Grande Boucle Solidaire is an innovative collective project to which we are proud to contribute. Since April, over 235,000 frozen meals have been given out to people in need in 10 neighbourhoods in Montreal's east end thanks to the organization and mobilization of over 40 community agencies. This support from Transat will add to the food assistance that agencies are already providing throughout the city's eastern territory."
Every year, Transat and its employees provide financial support to Centraide (United Way in English-speaking Canada). This year, the company held its annual November fundraising campaign with the involvement of all its personnel. During the past decade, Transat has donated $1,180,000 to the organization across Canada.
"Despite the extremely difficult period we find ourselves in, along with the entire global aviation and travel industry, we are maintaining our unwavering commitment to the communities in which we operate, including with Centraide of Greater Montreal and its partners," concluded Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat.