Vail Resorts Donates More Than 50,000 lbs. of Food across Mountain Communities
Broomfield, Colo. – March 27, 2020 – Our restaurants serve thousands of skiers and snowboarders each season. When we made the crucial decision to close our North American ski resorts for the season due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, our employees took immediate action to ensure that perishable food didn’t go to waste.
More than 50,000 pounds of excess food has been donated to 30 local food banks, schools, and community organizations in the places we live, work, and play. Deliveries of items like fruits, vegetables, cheeses, juices, and granola bars have gone to our mountain communities across the continent, from British Columbia to Colorado to New Hampshire, including:
- Whistler Community Services Society (Whistler, British Columbia)
- Bread & Broth (Lake Tahoe, California)
- Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (Lake Tahoe, California)
- Family & Intercultural Resource Center (Summit County, Colorado)
- The Leadville Community Food Bank (Colorado)
- Vail Valley Salvation Army (Eagle County, Colorado)
- Christian Center of Park City (Park City, Utah)
- Lamoille Community Food Share (Stowe, Vermont)
- Black River Good Neighbors Food Bank (Ludlow, Vermont)
- Vermont Foodbank (Barre, Vermont)
- Claremont Soup Kitchen (Claremont, NH)
- Kaaterskill & East Jewett Food Pantry (Tannersville, NY)
In British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb donated approximately 20 pallets of food. Food from their warehouse was delivered to food banks in Whistler, Pemberton, and Squamish, and six pallets of food were sent to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to support various charitable organizations, food banks, and soup kitchens. In addition, the resort donated 2,000 CLIF BARs to the Whistler Food Bank.
In California, a Northstar California Resort truck, loaded to maximum capacity, delivered food to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). This food will be used to continue the student lunch program, which provides free meals to kids under 18, now through grab-and-go meals that can be picked up every weekday.
“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community, we closed our local schools on March 16, and transitioned to distance learning,” says Kelli Twomey, parent and community relations coordinator for TTUSD. “We know that many of our children rely on us to receive their main meal of the day and our district is proud to be offering free ‘grab and go’ meals (with lunch and breakfast for the next day) for anyone 18 and under while we’re closed. Our district is so appreciative of Northstar’s truckload donation of fresh fruit and veggies, milk, meats, soups and more which enhanced the meals we are offering our kids!”
In Colorado, Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe and a local team picked up approximately 4,000 pounds of fresh produce and food items from the Keystone Resort warehouse. The food was delivered to the St. George’s Episcopal Church for community meals and food distribution.
“Over the last week, our region has been heavily impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19,” says John McMurtry, executive director of the Lake County Community Fund. “At our Lake County community meals program and food distribution center at St. George’s Episcopal Church, we had 180 people show up Tuesday evening [March 17] for food distribution and had to turn back 30. We sent an urgent request for food donations. The next day, Vail Resorts donated more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce and food items from the Keystone Resort warehouse. The food was delivered to St. George’s Episcopal Church for community meals and food distribution. We are very grateful for the timely response and humanitarian support from Vail Resorts.”
These donations are in line with the company’s EpicPromise platform, which invests in the sustainability of our mountain communities, supports employees through the EpicPromise Employee Foundation, and preserves the environment by reaching a zero net operating footprint by 2030 – including zero waste to landfill.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 world-class mountain resorts and urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.