PHILADELPHIA (September 19, 2019) – Today, more than 12,000 Aramark team members across the globe will volunteer their time at 350 service projects in 15 countries during Aramark’s annual day of community service, Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day). This year, Aramark will join the National Football League’s (NFL) Huddle for 100, a volunteer campaign that encourages fans to partner with them, the players and teams to donate 100 minutes of time, to help shape local communities for the next 100 years, with the goal of reaching 100 million minutes.
Aramark volunteers expect to log more than two million minutes today -- lending their time, energy and expertise at service projects in the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom, to bring health and wellness education and workforce readiness programs to community members.
“One day each year, we come together for our annual global day of service,” said Lynn B. McKee, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Aramark. “Aramark Building Community Day demonstrates our year round commitment to enriching and nourishing lives. Today, thousands of our employees will volunteer together to build healthier communities and achieve our goal of creating long-lasting impact.”
“Aramark is the exclusive NFL retail merchandiser for special events and is the food, beverage, retail and facilities partner of 14 NFL teams, so we are especially excited this year to team up in Huddle for 100,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports & Entertainment business. “Today alone, our team members expect to volunteer millions of minutes in their local communities, and we will continue to log our time throughout the rest of the year.”
In addition to projects across the globe, Aramark will host signature projects, with up to 100 volunteers, in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Camden, NJ.
Global ABC Day projects include:
Hosting food discovery experiences, educational activities and tastings, led by Aramark chefs and dietitians, that teach community members how to make healthier food choices.
Revitalizing outdoor areas, such as nature paths, community gardens and outdoor 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.
ABC Day supports Aramark’s Healthy for Life® commitment to improve the health of Americans, and Aramark’s Feed Your Potential 365 public health and well-being campaign, promoting healthy lifestyles.
This year, Aramark celebrates more than ten years of Aramark Building Community, which debuted in Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston in 2008, and the sixth anniversary of ABC Day. Since its inception, more than 70,000 Aramark employees have volunteered their time and talent to support Aramark Building Community projects, impacting five million children and families in underserved communities since 2008.
About Aramark Building Community
Aramark has invested tens of millions of dollars in expertise, financial and in-kind resources to strengthen communities through Aramark Building Community, our commitment to improve community health and wellness and help people succeed through education and employment. Learn more at http://www.aramark.com/responsibility or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 280,000 team members deliver innovative experiences and services in food, facilities management and uniforms to millions of people every day. We strive to create a better world by making a positive impact on people and the planet, including commitments to engage our employees; empower healthy consumers; build local communities; source ethically, inclusively and responsibly; operate efficiently; and reduce waste. Aramark is recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQ+), DiversityInc, Black Enterprise and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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