Many people are giving kudos to the hospitality industry as hoteliers offer their properties to house first responders and patients during the crisis. But that’s not the only way they’re responding to help communities. Many are also using their restaurants and food and beverage operations to support those in need. Here are a few examples of their inspiring efforts:
- Supporting local food pantries: Hilton recently announced several initiatives to give back. On the food and beverage front, the company is working with its hotels across the globe to donate any excess food to local pantries. Similarly, MGM Resorts International announced that it would donate the equivalent of 400,000 meals in the United States through local food banks using connections established by the brand’s Feeding Forward program.
- Assisting charities in need: In Marriott’s recent update from CEO Arne Sorenson, the company outlined its work to empower hotels across its network to join relief efforts. For example, two Marriott hotels donated their unused produce and food to a local charity that provides housing for at-risk children. Additionally, the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville partnered with the Nashville Food Project to make and distribute 1,000 meals per week to the local community.
- Supporting furloughed employees: The current health situation has resulted in staff furloughs, however, hotels are still working to support their staffers. Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek emptied its food pantry and distributed everything it had remaining to the ski resort’s employees.
- Feeding school children: Ocean House Management Collection recognized that many local families are struggling due to the current lack of school-provided lunches. In response, the company is delivering free meals to children under the age of 16 who would normally receive lunch at school.
- Providing essentials to communities: Nationwide, hotels are using their inventory and real estate to aid those facing unimaginable hardship. Many are offering makeshift pantries with staples such as produce, milk and soup.
Like so many industries, hospitality has been hard hit in the recent months. Yet, the industry continues to show amazing resilience, creativity and heart in supporting those in most in need.
To learn more about the on-going efforts, news and resources to navigate the current environment, please visit the Oracle Hospitality Resource Center.