On September 20, more than 10,000 Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) team members, including chefs, dietitians and human resources experts, will volunteer to support community centers and nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work, on Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day). Volunteers in 15 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Chile, China and the United Kingdom, will lend their time, energy and expertise to over 500 service projects, which will bring health and wellness education and workforce readiness programs to families in underserved communities.
“At Aramark, it is important for us to fulfill our mission of enriching and nourishing lives in everything that we do. Through volunteerism on Aramark Building Community Day, we celebrate our year-round community efforts and bring that mission to life,” said Eric J. Foss, Aramark Chairman, President and CEO. “I am proud of our dedicated team members, whose year-round efforts inspire healthy lifestyles and make our goal of creating long-lasting health and wellness programs possible.”
In addition to delivering on Aramark’s mission, ABC Day supports Aramark’s Healthy for Life® commitment with the American Heart Association (AHA), to improve the health of Americans 20 percent by 2020.
Volunteer projects will focus on “feeding the potential” of participants through nutrition education, healthy cooking demonstrations and more activities, including:
- Hosting food discovery experiences, educational activities and tastings that teach community members how to make healthier food choices.
- Revitalizing outdoor areas, such as ballpark benches, park entrances, nature paths, community gardens and outdoor pre-school play areas, to support active, healthy play in a safe environment.
- Transforming community kitchens by creating inspirational messaging in kitchen areas and assembling new shelving and signage for food pantries.
- Creating healthy meal kits, snack packs and healthy recipe cards to help support healthy food discovery within low-income families.
- Enhancing workforce readiness through information and hands-on training from human resources experts, to prepare teens and adults to find and keep good jobs.
Many ABC Day service projects include food discovery experiences that empower Americans to improve their health by making better food and nutrition choices as part of Feed Your Potential 365, a public health and well-being campaign launched by Aramark last year to promote healthy lifestyles among all consumers, as well as families in underserved communities and Aramark’s customers, clients and employees.
As part of the campaign, Aramark established Feed Your Potential 365 Clubs around the country and expects to reach an additional 500+ non-profit organizations through a proven online health and wellness curriculum created with the AHA.
The Clubs equip families with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to discover, choose and prepare healthy food through food discovery and cooking experiences, combined with interactive education. Participants in community centers that piloted the program significantly increased fruit and vegetable consumption by almost a full cup per day.
Extracted from Business Wire.