Theme Parks Donate Unused Food Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to get trapped in the grim news cycle of frightening numbers and sobering headlines. So in uncertain times like these, small glimmers of hope and good news can go a long way.

Since almost all amusement and theme parks around the globe remain closed to help prevent the spread of the virus, some are finding ways to give back to their communities by donating food and other resources that would otherwise go to waste. These are just a few of those parks:


Disneyland is donating excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals to Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves Orange County, CA.

According to the Disney Parks Blog post, “since 2014, the Disneyland Resort has operated a food donation program through which prepared, unserved food from select locations is regularly donated to support those in need within the local community.”

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is donating excess food inventory — such as fresh salads, greens and expertly cooked hot items — to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

This is part of the ongoing Disney Harvest program, which began in 1991. The initiative “collects excess and unserved food from locations throughout Walt Disney World, delivering it to feeding programs across Central Florida.”

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa delivered roughly 5,500 pounds of food to the Feeding Tampa Bay organization.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

In Virginia, the Busch Gardens Cares team from Busch Gardens Williamsburg delivered 4,800 pounds of food to the Grove Christian Outreach Center.


Kennywood park officials helped local organizations host a food donation operation in the amusement park’s parking lot for those who had lost jobs due to the pandemic.

Do you know of another park donating food or supplies to those in need? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll add them to the list.


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