Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Green Bay–Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) are lending a helping hand to airport employees through a voluntary program they have dubbed “TSA Gives Back.”
Many airport and tenant employees are working fewer hours and have seen their paychecks reduced because of sharply lower passenger volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSA says. A group of TSA officers started a voluntary effort to provide free lunches to affected individuals. The vast majority TSA employees contributed money to cover the cost of providing two lunches to help alleviate the financial burden for the airline and rental car employees who have seen their pay shrink as their work hours have been reduced.
The lunches went to support the employees who work for the airlines operating out of Green Bay—Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and the rental car companies–Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, National and Avis.
“Between both of the ‘TSA Gives Back’ days we fed about 90 people,” says Bridgett Holtz, a lead transportation security officer who spearheaded the effort.
TSA says its workforce at GRB remember that airport workers supported the TSA employees who worked without paychecks during the government furlough, and decided to return the favor by chipping in for some lunches. The TSA team practices social distancing while delivering the meals.