A division of our Safety department, the Voluntary Flight Safety Programs team, recently helped out during The Million Meal Challenge in Orlando. The day was filled with packing meals for thousands of hungry people in Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. Burkina Faso receives less than 24 inches of rain annually and consequently, is prone to droughts that make farming difficult. Not only that, but high food prices and insect infestation are other factors that contribute to severe food shortages.
According to the global non-profit organization Hunger Project, this region has some of the lowest human development measures when it comes to income, educational opportunities, and life expectancy. To alleviate some of the country’s hunger issues, a group of our crewmembers rallied together to get involved wit the Million Meal Challenge—a nationwide initiative where local communities pack and ship one million meals to the people of Burkina Faso.
At the Orlando event, our crewmembers joined other residents in the community to meet the goal: to feed 12,000 families in this poor African country for one year. Stocked with protein, rice, vegetables, and vitamins, the food packages were shipped to orphans, the elderly, widows, and those living with HIV and disabilities.