Great acts of love are not only performed on Valentine’s Day, but can be taken up every day by anyone and everyone. US Foods shared its enormous heart with the world this past year by spreading the love with over $35 million worth of donations of food and supplies since March 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic altering the lives of so many, this charitable funding has significantly helped to reduce hunger.
“As we look back at 2020, I am grateful we have been able to support so many organizations whose mission is to help others,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and CEO, US Foods. “The impact of COVID-19 has been felt far and wide, and our charitable partners have worked tirelessly to meet unprecedented demand. As we continue to face the challenges brought on by COVID-19, our commitment to fighting hunger will continue into the new year and beyond.”
US Foods worked alongside its longtime partner Feeding America, as well as other local organizations, to guarantee dairy, meat, produce, and other supplies were making their way to food banks across the nation, according to a press release.
With the rising number of people in need, food banks have struggled to keep shelves filled and supplies stocked, which is why US Foods’ impact was so greatly felt. The company partnered with 60 Feeding America food banks across the country, including Food Lifeline, the largest food bank in Western Washington, which supplies over 300 food pantries, shelters, and meal programs.
“We are so appreciative for the support from US Foods as we continue to provide critical food to our partners across western Washington,” said Ryan Scott, Chief Development Officer for Food Lifeline. “The pandemic has more than doubled the demand on our local agencies. With US Foods’ support, we are better equipped to address hunger-relief efforts in our communities and truly make a difference.”
In addition to its donations, US Foods also provided food, supplies, and support to meal-packing events that helped restaurant workers, first-responders, and health care workers as they manned the front lines as essential workers.
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