United Airlines donates $1 million to shutdown relief fund
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United Airlines announced Friday it is donating $1 million to Feeding America’s "Shutdown Response Fund" to help provide food for families of federal employees who missed paychecks during the partial government shutdown, which is set to end following the unveiling of a short-term deal.

“On behalf of the United family, I would like to thank the countless federal employees who have made a large sacrifice to ensure our safety despite not being paid, and we hope this contribution provides them much-needed support. Even with today's announcement, there is continued need among federal employees, in addition to the important programs that Feeding America administers,” United Airline CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement.


“We continue to urge our leaders to work in a bipartisan way over the coming weeks to ensure the long-term certainty on which our industry and the overall economy depends.”

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About 800,000 federal employees were furloughed or required to work without pay during the record-long shutdown, which entered its 35th day Friday. Reports flooded the airwaves and internet of employees struggling to pay their bills and taking up second jobs to cover their losses. The crisis caused cancellations at airports and heightened absences of federal employees from their jobs. 

“Feeding America is thankful to our long-time partner, United Airlines, for stepping up, yet again, to help families in need. Even after the government is re-opened, many hardworking families will likely suffer the lingering impact of this crisis,” Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot said. 

United was already working with Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the country, to set up food distribution centers at United's seven hub airports and New York's LaGuardia Airport.