Houston-based Sysco Corporation recently donated $1 million to Feeding America to support local food banks in communities where Sysco operates.
Sysco’s donation will be distributed to 42 food banks across the U.S. as part of its Nourishing Neighbors program. A portion of the proceeds from each Sysco branded case sold in communities is donated back to charitable organizations.
“As a global leader in foodservice distribution, we have a responsibility…to give back to the communities that have supported us through our Nourishing Neighbors program. We are honored to make this donation to our longtime partner, Feeding America, to help fight hunger in the communities where we live and work,” said Neil Russell, SVP, corporate affairs and chief communications officer, Sysco.
Every dollar donated to Feeding America helps provide access to 10 meals. Sysco’s donation will help provide 10 million meals to people in need, at a time when the hunger crisis continues to worsen due to supply chain issues.
“At a time when we are seeing pandemic relief efforts wind down, record increases in food and gas prices are bringing more people to food banks and food pantries for help,” said Erika Thiem, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America.
“Right now, hunger relief programs need more support, not less. We are grateful for Sysco’s donation which will support efforts to expand equitable access to healthy, nutritious food in communities that need it most.”
Since its inception in 2018, Sysco’s Nourishing Neighbors program has contributed more than $12 million to charitable organizations. “We know the need is great, which is why we have committed to a charitable giving goal of generating $500 million worth of good in our global communities by Fiscal Year 2025, through product donations, cash contributions and volunteer service,” Russell said.
In 2022, Sysco also donated more than 12 million pounds of food to Feeding America food banks, equating to more than 10 million meals.
Information about Sysco’s CSR program, including its 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, can be found at sysco.com/csr2021report.