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September 23, 2019

Paradies Lagardère and YYC Calgary International Airport Join Forces to Fight Hunger

Paradies Lagardère and YYC Calgary International Airport Join Forces to Fight Hunger

Airdrie Food Bank key partner in new initiative

ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère and YYC Calgary International Airport are excited to announce a new initiative designed to help fight hunger in the city. Beginning September 15, travellers, as well as airline and airport employees, will have the opportunity to purchase and donate convenience foods, healthy snacks, HABA, beverages, and other items the customer may want to purchase for donation, which will then be distributed to the Airdrie Food Bank.

Quotes:  “Paradies Lagardère is excited to launch this partnership with Airdrie Food Bank at the Calgary International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “We believe that our community is not only coast to coast, but global as well. We’re always looking for new opportunities to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of our employees, business partners and customers.”

“We commend Paradies Lagardère on creating this partnership to help those in need. We encourage guests and staff to give what they can to help those relying on the Airdrie Food Bank,” said Rob Palmer, CFO and Vice President, Finance, The Calgary Airport Authority. 

“We are very pleased to be entering into this new partnership with Paradies Lagardère at the Calgary Airport. Their commitment to assisting food banks in the work we do to address hunger will truly make a difference to those we serve. We are grateful they are living out the value of being a Corporate “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. Thanks so much for all you are doing!” said Christine Taylor, Events, Marketing & Communications Manager, Airdrie Food Bank.

Additional Information:

The Airdrie Food Bank collects and distributes food to those in need and helps the community find solutions to hunger-related issues. The organization provides food hampers for individuals and families, as well as those in crisis, baby formula, nutritional meals for new moms, and facilitates a number of school meal programs. For more information, visit Paradies Lagardère has initiated a similar program at the Edmonton International Airport, which partners with the Leduc & District Food Bank. To date, more than 2,300 items have been donated by travellers to those in need.

In the U.S., Paradies Lagardère’s Treat Our Troops program provides travellers, 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 travellers in airports throughout the U.S. to donate 1 million items of need to military service men and women around the globe.