Innovative Online Market Helps Feed Families During the Pandemic — Organizer Is Honored by United Airlines With a Red Cross Essential Services Hero Award

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United Airlines is especially honored to sponsor 2021 Essential Service Hero Esther Lindor and her innovative work with food insecurity during this very unprecedented time, creating a safe and efficient way for people to access food throughout the pandemic. In 2019, Esther was one of Lakeview Pantry’s earliest innovators, who helped lead and manage the organization’s online market to ensure that families in need have access to nutritious food.

esther lindor
Esther Lindor

This program was timely as the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated food needs for many families that were suddenly struggling to make ends meet. Today, there are pick-up sites in Sheridan, Avondale, La Casa Norte, Chicago’s South Side, and more. The novel market provides clients with the flexibility to select items for their families, order groceries on any mobile device and schedule a convenient time for pickup. 

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The American Red Cross of Illinois celebrates the everyday heroes in our communities and honors their acts of great bravery, dedication, and service through their annual Heroes Breakfast event. The event also serves as a way for the organization to highlight partnerships with corporate leaders like United Airlines that make their lifesaving mission possible. As the sponsor of the 2021 Essential Services Hero Award, United Airlines helps make it possible for the Red Cross to be prepared to respond to more than 60,000 disasters nationwide. 

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United Airlines are proud to partner with the American Red Cross. Lifting communities in crisis after disaster is a cornerstone of United’s commitment to the communities where we live, work and fly. Together with the Red Cross and other disaster response partners, United uses their people and their planes to deliver aid and volunteers where and when it matters most. The airline is proud of the work that they have done to help those in need throughout the pandemic, including finding an innovative solution to a problem that impacted food insecurity in one of their biggest markets, Houston, where they converted a Cargo facility into a temporary food processing center for the Houston Food Bank

Help the Red Cross honor community heroes in 2022! Visit to nominate a Hero in your life. See website for eligible Illinois counties, nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2021.

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