Sysco is donating $50,000 to the Houston Food Bank (HFB), to help support the organization’s recovery efforts following the loss of nearly 2m pounds of food after an ammonia leak in its refrigerated facility.

In addition, Sysco has coordinated more than 200,000 pounds of produce donations from several of its suppliers, as well as approximately 40,000 pounds of donated turkeys in time for Thanksgiving.

Sysco is also organizing volunteer events for its associates to assist at HFB’s warehouse to help break down pallets and sort produce and other food items currently being stored in refrigerated trailers.

“This loss of food comes at a time of great need for our neighbors at risk of hunger, and is further compounded by the fact that Thanksgiving is only a week away,” said Tom Bené, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “At times of crisis, the Houston community has a history of pulling together to help each other and this is no different. I am grateful for the efforts of the Sysco team members who have quickly organized a comprehensive approach to helping the Houston Food Bank get back on its feet.”

Sysco’s Houston operating company is also providing temporary use of material handling equipment, such as forklifts and pallet jacks, to assist with the effort of restocking the food bank’s warehouse.

The Houston Food Bank supports 1.1m Houstonians across 18 counties and Sysco is a longtime partner and one of its largest supporters, providing financial support, product donations and volunteers. In addition to an annual financial grant, in 2019 Sysco donated a total of 524,985 meals to HFB. Every spring and fall, Sysco associates volunteer at HFB’s main facility and help distribute food at various mobile pantries around Houston.

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