Sysco Celebrates International Volunteer Day

Sysco Corporation’s colleagues volunteered nearly 17,000 hours during its first-ever Global Purpose Month in November 2023. This was a demonstration of the company’s purpose of Connecting the World to Share Food and Care for One Another, Sysco announced on December 5, International Volunteer Day.

Sysco colleagues participated in over 500 company-sponsored events or volunteered independently across the United States, Canada, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. More than 125 Sysco locations coordinated ways for colleagues to give back. They did it by packing meals that supported hunger relief, packing amenity kits, hosting blood drives, or writing cards for military care packages.

“I’m so proud of what the Sysco team has achieved together; there’s no better way to celebrate International Volunteer Day than to show the power of collective effort to make a big difference,” said Neil Russell, Sysco’s Chief Administrative Officer of the leading global foodservice distribution company. “This is an important time of year for food banks and other organizations as they gear up to support our community this holiday season, and together, we contributed significantly to Sysco’s Global Good Goal of donating $500 million worth of good by 2025.”

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Sysco is a renowned global company that sells, markets, and distributes food products to various customers, including restaurants, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and lodging establishments. In addition, the company also offers equipment and supplies for the hospitality and food service industries. Sysco operates 334 distribution facilities worldwide and serves about 725,000 customer locations with more than 72,000 colleagues.

The company has a Volunteer Recognition Program aims to reward sites with the highest participation rate and volunteer hours per colleague. The winning sites will receive a prize donation, which they can use to support a hunger-focused charity of their choice. Sysco’s 2023 Sustainability Report will feature the Volunteer Recognition Program and the company’s Global Good Goal.