dnata catering donates 180,000 meals to Australian charities during COVID-19

Melbourne, Australia, 2 September 2020 dnata catering, Australia’s largest air services provider, has shown its support to local charities and causes in Australia during COVID-19 through the donation of food items. This coincides with its longstanding partnership with leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest.

Since March of this year, dnata catering has continued to donate excess food destined for inflight services on a weekly basis, with 550,000 food items received so far. This has resulted in 180,000 meals for several charities and causes across the country.

Hiranjan Aloysius, Chief Executive Officer from dnata catering said: “With a strong desire to help our people and others in need, we reached out to our charity partners to donate food items and pre-prepared meals, while also creating hampers and meals for our employees. We will continue our efforts to make a positive impact through initiatives such as food donations and look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners in Australia. Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to stand down a portion of our employees and as an organisation we are very conscious of the impact the recent situation can have on families across Australia. In spite of difficult times, dnata remains committed to supporting all of the communities in which we operate and helping those in need.”

Since 2015, dnata catering has donated over 934,000 meals to OzHarvest that helps not only reduce food waste and environmental impact, but also helps communities, schools and organisations in need.

Ronni Kahn, CEO and Founder of OzHarvest said: “We are incredibly grateful to dnata catering for their ongoing support. Thanks to their generous food donations, we have been able to deliver more than 160,000 meals since March this year to people in need across Australia.”

In addition to donations for OzHarvest, dnata catering’s network of 15 Australian production facilities distributed a multitude of food items to local Australian food charities, children’s hospitals, religious organisations, homeless shelters and others in need. These include:

  • Foodbank
  • Lifesource Community Care, Sydney
  • New Horizons Homeless Care, Sydney
  • Sydney Childrens Hospital in Randwick, Sydney
  • The Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Sydney
  • Brimbank Anglican Church, Victoria
  • Anglicare Emergency Food Relief Shelters, Victoria

dnata offers services in ground handling, cargo, catering and travel in 35 countries worldwide, and services more than 300 airlines. In Australia, this includes Emirates and codeshare partner, Qantas.