How Disney is Giving Back to Local Communities for the Holidays

by | Nov 24, 2023 | News Outside the Parks

Disney Cast Members have been volunteering at local food banks and donating items in surrounding communities at Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Paris, and other Disney properties.

For Thanksgiving week, Disney Cast Members and Disney VoluntEARS have been giving back to local communities and helping those in need by providing food and fun. Throughout the holiday season, Disney has plans to volunteer at local food banks and donate to surrounding communities at Disney properties around the world, including the Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line.

How Disney is Giving Back to Local Communities for the Holidays

On November 18, Disneyland Resort brought together more than 250 VoluntEARS and their families to participate in an annual food packing event to support families in need through the OC Food Bank. This was done to celebrate Family Volunteer Day. And on November 23, the culinary team at Walt Disney World cooked up 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for residents at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Harbor House of Central Florida. The organization helps to safely remove people from domestic abuse. Disney VoluntEARS served the residents’ meals on Thanksgiving Day, making it the 25th year of the tradition.

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Throughout November and December, Disney Cruise Line crew members will VoluntEAR at Kitchens for Good in San Diego on November 29, Children’s Hunger Network in Brevard County, Florida on December 8, and the Galveston Food Bank in Texas on December 21. Also throughout both months, Disneyland Paris will be donating food to local charities every week, a continuation of its food donation program that has been ongoing for years.

On September 26, nearly 300 Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland worked with Rise Against Hunger. They packed over 86,000 food packets and will donate them to local communities during the holiday season. And starting back in October, Shanghai Disney Resort began donating non-perishable food to reduce food waste and help those in need.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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