PHILADELPHIA (July 21, 2020) – The Urban League of Philadelphia (ULP) and Aramark, the leading U.S.-based food service provider, today announced a partnership that will provide 500,000 meals to qualified recipients in the Philadelphia area throughout the summer.
Through the partnership, Philadelphia-based Aramark will provide at least 65,000 meals per week to ULP distribution sites set up in local community churches, organizations and municipal buildings. All recipients 18 years old and under will receive breakfast and lunch snacks for multiple days twice per week under the National School Lunch Program. The Summer Food Service Program, which is a USDA-approved program, runs through August 30, 2020.
“Feeding children in need in our community this summer is critically important,” said Andrea Custis, president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. “We are thrilled to partner with Aramark to make this possible.”
“We’re honored to partner with the Urban League of Philadelphia to provide continuity and community access to meals this summer, especially during this public health crisis,” said Barbara Flanagan, president of Aramark’s K-12 Education division. “These are incredibly challenging times for our country and our city and Aramark is proud to assist the local community – our hometown -- to help ensure that children and families stay nourished.”
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Aramark has safely provided 53 million free meals to students, in nearly 300 school districts across the country, and continues to serve one million meals to school children daily.
Summer meals distribution locations:
West Philadelphia Sites
North Philadelphia Sites
South Philadelphia Sites
Delaware County Sites
As part of its broader 2025 sustainability plan, Be Well. Do Well., Aramark is working to reduce inequality, support and grow local communities, and protect the planet. The Company is investing in partnerships, like this one with the Urban League, to help communities end hunger and achieve food security by improving access to healthy food.
About Urban League of Philadelphia
The Urban League of Philadelphia, an affiliate of the National Urban League, is a nonpartisan civil rights organization that has empowered African Americans and other underserved communities for more than a century. Through housing, employment, entrepreneurship, youth development, health and wellness and advocacy, we impact more than 15,000 children, youth and families a year. To learn more about ULP, visit www.urbanleaguephila.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information.
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