Rosemont, IL: US Foodservice is raising awareness and taking action to fight hunger in America during September, Hunger Action Month. Several US Foodservice-sponsored activities are underway nationally and in local divisions, including:
- The US Foodservice-Atlanta division donated $25,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank from a recent employee fundraising drive.
- The Knoxville, Tenn., division donated more than 52,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank.
- The Fort Mill, S.C., division donated a refrigerated van to Charlotte's Second Harvest Food Bank.
US Foodservice also recently donated 25,000 pounds of food to two Chicago-area food banks. The donation was part of the company's annual "Winning Weigh Challenge," which matches the pounds lost by employees in food donations.
"Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to call attention to the issue of hunger in America," says Dave Esler, chief human resources officer, US Foodservice. "Our support of Hunger Action Month is part of US Foodservice's longstanding commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives."
About 1 in 6 Americans face hunger, according to research by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organizations with more than 200 food banks in 50 states and Puerto Rico. Last year, US Foodservice donated more than $4 million in food and cash to Feeding America to help feed children and families. US Foodservice has donated more than 22 million pounds of food to Feeding America since 2007 to become an official Feeding AmericaMission Partner.
"Coast to coast, US Foodservice employees are dedicated to eliminating hunger and helping families," says Esler.
For more information on Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.