Global Volunteer Day - Chicago

Aramark and Casa Central in Chicago partnered for Global Volunteer Day to improve local children's health and wellness.
Mar 21, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Recognizing the health and wellness issues faced by children around the world, Aramark extended its health and wellness platform and commitment, Healthy For Life™, into underserved communities on March 19 for the company’s inaugural Global Volunteer Day. At Casa Central in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, more than 150 Chicagoland employees joined colleagues in an effort to provide children and families with better access to healthy food, nutritional education and active play and physical activity spaces. 

At Casa Central, Aramark established a Healthy for Life™ Zone that will be a year-round hub of health and wellness education and awareness. A team of Aramark dietitians and chefs worked with preschoolers and their families to prepare a healthy breakfast, and then provided them with the ingredients needed to prepare the meal at home as well as the tools to make these strategies part of their everyday lives. Volunteers also enhanced Casa Central’s capacity to feed and nourish the community by transforming the cafeteria into an inspirational space where families can learn about healthy choices as they share a meal. Employees also created interactive, educational murals and vegetable growing kits in decorative pots for kids to take home and cultivate for their own micro produce gardens.  

Global Volunteer Day is an extension of Aramark Building Community, the company’s volunteer and philanthropic program that enriches lives by helping improve family health, prepare youth and adults for work and support individuals working their way out of poverty in Chicago and in 52 cities around the world. Through Aramark Building Community, the company donates time, expertise, financial and in-kind resources to help families in need. Since 2008, in partnership with community centers around the world, more than 20,000 Aramark employees have impacted the lives of some four million families. Please join us on Facebook.

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play.  United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day.  Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.