Aramark Volunteers in Chicago and Los Angeles Inspire Families to Lead Healthy Lifestyles

In Chicago and Los Angeles, volunteers join Aramark Building Community Day
Sep 28, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Aramark volunteers from Chicago and Los Angeles joined more than 12,000 of their colleagues worldwide to bring health and wellness education to the communities where they live and work. 

“Every year, thousands of Aramark team members come together to volunteer their time and talent on Aramark Building Community Day,” said Jeff Gilliam, President of Aramark’s Higher Education business. “Our 100 team members at UCAN brought health and wellness education to Chicago families and achieved our goal of creating long-lasting health and wellness programs, here in Chicago.”

“We are grateful and energized by Aramark making such a significant investment of time and resources in UCAN that will benefit the youth and families we serve as well as our dedicated employees,” said UCAN President and CEO Zack Schrantz. “This type of hands-on corporate engagement from a community-focused company whose employees share our commitment to youth and community is how collaboration makes a lasting difference in communities.”

 ABC Day projects at UCAN included:

  • Food discovery experiences and nutrition workshop with adults
  • Revitalization of outdoor play spaces
  • Creation of inspirational murals
  • Assembly of healthy eating cookbooks for community members

In Los Angeles, team members volunteered their time at Van Ness Elementary School, to bring health and wellness education to students and community members.   

ABC Day projects at Van Ness Elementary School included:

  • Hosting food discovery experiences, educational activities and tastings, led by Aramark chefs and dietitians, that teach students and community members how to make healthier food choices
  • Revitalizing indoor and outdoor spaces including the lobby area and café
  • Transforming exterior spaces by creating a Peace Garden for elderly residents of the community
  • Creating inspirational murals

ABC Day supports Aramark’s Healthy for Life® commitment with the American Heart Association (AHA), to improve the health of Americans 20 percent by 2020, and Aramark’s Feed Your Potential 365 public health and well-being campaign, promoting healthy lifestyles.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Aramark Building Community, which debuted in Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston in 2008, and the fifth anniversary of ABC Day. Since its inception, more than 60,000 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.

To learn more about Aramark Building Community’s decade of impact, watch this video.

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