More than 250,000 meals have been packed on board United Airlines’ flights to feed children suffering from malnutrition.

At the airline’s two-day global leadership conference in Chicago, more than 700 of its management staff – including chief executive Oscar Munoz – packed the meals, which are being sent to El Salvador.

“Every day we help unite the world and today hundreds of our leaders came together to fight one of humanity’s gravest issues – starvation,” said Munoz. “This morning we showed that United’s shared purpose not only connects people around the world but makes a life-changing difference in the communities we serve. Businesses can be successful and have a heart.”

United partnered with Rise Against Hunger to package 285,120 meals in Chicago, which will help feed nearly 3,000 children in El Salvador for an entire year.

Rod Brooks, president of Rise Against Hunger said: “When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including disease and the welfare of women and children.”

Approximately 1,600 meals were packaged per minute, resulting in 43,560 pounds of food.