Cast Member Food Bank In Danger of Closing Due To Lack of Resources With Increased Demand


If you have been following the drama with Disney and the massive layoffs of Cast Members in the tens of thousands. Followed by the filing that shows Disney is extending the contract of their CFO, Christine McCarthy and giving her up to $11 million annually as an “incentive.”  Then you know that UNITE HERE Local 737 and the Cast Members have created their own food pantry to help each other during these hard times.

Now, according to My News 13, the food pantry might close because there isn’t enough resources to meet the increased demand that the additional furloughs and layoffs have caused.  But Disney executives got their full pay restored months ago and Disney is offering millions of dollars in “equity-based long-term incentive compensation plans, programs or arrangements generally made available to the most senior executive officers of the Company.”

How tone deaf can you be?

We heard about how cars lined up for miles to get food. How the wait could be hours. That was a few months ago. Now the demand has gone from 200 people to 1,200 people weekly, according to Sonja Flowers, a UNITE HERE Local 737 Trustee.

When they started out with 200 (people), it was a lot of work,” UNITE HERE Local 737. 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. It would be heartbreaking if we weren’t able to do anything.

It’s disheartening. We need food.

Sharon Ryan, who was just been officially laid off after being on furlough for months, has been volunteering to help at the Cast Member Food Pantry.

The article says she worked as a waitress at “the Disney Castle” so I am assuming Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is one of the most expensive places at the Disney Parks. She was there 25 years!

“Twenty five years ago is when I hired on at Disney I had to do a resume, what do you put on there? That I have been somewhere for 25 years?”

Now the union is expecting at least 1,200 more cars this week and they have been spending about $20,000 a week to feed the people in need.

They desperately need financial assistance and volunteers.

If you would like to help you can contact them at 407-851-0626.

They also have a Venmo account with the user ID: @castmemberpantry.
There is also a Wish List on Amazon HERE.

I am beyond disgusted with Disney right now. Today is their “Investor Day” webcast as well. We will likely get to see all the millions of dollars they are spending on Disney+ and other streaming networks while their laid off employees scramble to find food and work. But it’s okay those executives need those million dollars in incentives to do their jobs well.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Sources: My News 13, WDWNT (who is raising money for the cast members! Please make sure you visit them if you want to help!)

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