Food Bank for Furloughed Cast Members Could Close Due to Lack of Food

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Local 737 food bank

Credit: Spectrum News 13

Disney has laid off tens of thousands of Cast Members due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has put many families in a desperate situation in which the community has stepped up to help! Unfortunately, one food bank for Disney Cast Members could close because they are running out of food.

Related: Disney Layoff Increase 4k More Employees Terminated

Local 737 Food Bank
Spectrum News 13

According to a report by Spectrum News 13 a food bank run by the Local 737, a union that represents many Disney Cast Members.

To help furloughed and laid-off employees like Ryan, UNITE HERE Local 737 launched a food Bank in May.

“When they started out with 200 (people) it was a lot of work,” UNITE HERE Local 737 Trustee Sonja Flowers said. “We couldn’t believe how many but now at 1,200 (people) every week it goes more and more and more.”

“We’ve got Christmas coming up,” Flowers said. “It would be heartbreaking if we weren’t able to do anything.”

The Local 737 is expecting at least another 1,200 cars at the weekly distribution this Saturday at their location off of La Quinta Drive in Orlando.

“It’s disheartening,” Flowers said, looking at a nearly empty food bank. “We need food.”  

And so do the hundreds of families who depend on this food bank each and every week.

According to UNITE HERE Local 737 officials, they are taking a big hit financially spending about $20,000 a week to feed those in need. Not only do they need financial support and food donations, they can also use volunteers. 

If you would like to donate or volunteer at this food bank you can call 407-851-0626 for more information.

food bank empty
Credit: Spectrum News 13

Here are even more ways you can help Cast Members who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic on both coasts. 

Related: Economic Impact of Massive Disney Layoffs in Central Florida

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