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Elior North America In Final Push with Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge Campaign

Foodservice company has donated 2.3 million meals so far

Press Release – Charlotte, N.C., February 1, 2018Elior North America, a foodservice company with a commitment to making a positive difference in people’s lives every day, has donated more than 2.3 million meals to people in need through its participation in the Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. Since the initiative was launched in October 2017, nearly 1,000 employees and customers have participated in giving back to their communities to help fight hunger. More than 313 volunteers have spent over 2,034 hours helping organizations that work to feed the hungry. Efforts included volunteering at local food banks, hosting food drives and raising funds.

“We are so proud of the efforts by our volunteers and Elior North America supporters,” said Elior North America’s EVP and Chief Growth Officer Chris Ciatto. “This initiative not only improves the lives of people in the communities where we live and work, but it unites us as a team and strengthens our #EliorCares culture.”

Elior North America rallied its employees and partners across the nation to support the Kick Hunger Challenge by donating time, talent and treasure. Here are some of the ways the team responded:

  • In December, Elior North America served as the presenting sponsor for the Taste of the NFL Jacksonville, a fundraising event that raised more than $100,000 for Jacksonville area hunger relief efforts. Chef Chris Caracciolo from the company’s Aladdin business unit joined chefs and restaurateurs from the Jacksonville area to prepare an amazing three-course meal for this fundraising event. Photos: http://bit.ly/2qG3Rcb (Source: PRI Productions)
  • Team members from Elior North America’s A’viands dining services team at Colorado State University-Pueblo fed nearly 1,500 people in need on Thanksgiving Day. The A’viands staff prepared for the feast for a week leading up to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. 150 turkeys were roasted, and 350 pounds of potatoes were cooked. All staff volunteered for the event. Photos: http://bit.ly/2Gdb8UL.
  • Employees of Elior North America’s Sidekim Foods in Massachusetts fed a holiday meal to 156 homeless individuals just days before Christmas. On Friday, December 22nd, staff volunteered to prep, cook and serve at My Brother’s Table, a shelter in Massachusetts. Photos: http://bit.ly/2E8eZ4A.
  • Three dozen Elior North America team members volunteered at New York’s City Harvest in January. Employees from Abigail Kirsch and STARR Catering Group organized the event. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education and other practical, innovative solutions. Photos: http://bit.ly/2n74qHK.
  • In the Philadelphia area, Elior North America team members volunteered at partner food banks, MANNA and Philabundance. MANNA is a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS. Through their delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey. Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Photos: http://bit.ly/2BtdwD4 & http://bit.ly/2DDH5aT.

As a reward for the most engaged participants, Elior North America will be taking 22 team members to Minnesota for the Kick Hunger Challenge Weekend Celebration. These individuals will get to take part in the Taste of the NFL’s Party With a Purpose, for which Elior North America is severing as the welcoming partner.

“I am so thrilled to be taking part in the Party With a Purpose alongside my fellow team members as we celebrate the amazing work that Elior has done to support the Kick Hunger Challenge,” said Andrea Janke. “Together, we made a difference in people’s lives by helping feed millions of Americans across the country.”

Elior North America’s participation in the Kick Hunger Challenge will culminate on February 3, 2018 at the Taste of the NFL’s 27th Annual Party with a Purpose. As welcoming partner for the event, Elior will expand upon its long-standing community efforts by bringing together the company’s local teams from across the country around a single cause.

About Elior North America

Elior North America enhances people’s lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. The family of companies, with over 16,000 team members, provides food services and catering to more than 1,300 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. Elior North America is among the top contract food service companies in the United States. The company has a management partnership with European contract catering firm Elior. Learn more at www.elior-na.com.

About Kick Hunger Challenge:

The Kick Hunger Challenge is a fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization and non-profit dedicated to hunger relief, which has rallied the country’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. 100% of the money donated to the Kick Hunger Challenge is distributed to the local food bank chosen by the contributor. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at www.kickhungerchallenge.com. For more information on Taste of the NFL, please visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.


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