How can we help feed the hungry in our communities while also reducing seafood waste? Gleaning, with only 1% of participation from commercial fishermen, could help us do just that and would yield about 420 million meals a year! Gleaning is a growing movement in the fishing industry to donate seafood that can’t be sold (and is usually thrown out) to food pantries.
Trinity Seafood, a Sysco specialty seafood company based in New Jersey, recently partnered with local food banks and fishermen to pilot the New Jersey Seafood Gleaning program.
We are celebrating National Lobster Day the best way we know how, by actively supporting the preservation of the spiny lobster. Spiny lobster is considered the queen of the Caribbean. That is why this species is a very valuable fishing resource for Nicaragua, given the county’s current social and economic climate.
In 2018, we announced that we will be reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing 20% of electricity from renewable sources and powering 20% of the tractor fleet with alternative fuels within seven years. How are we accomplishing this?
Our 33 summer interns lent their time, energy and enthusiasm to the Houston Food Bank this past Friday, helping to sort and pack donated food items that will provide 9,780 meals for families in need in the greater Houston area; a taste of how Sysco gives back.
Tracking, using the right tools and a change in mindset can help reduce food waste in any operation.
As 40 percent of the world’s food goes uneaten, and 52 million tons of food are sent to landfills annually in the U.S. alone, operators have both a challenge and an opportunity. By measuring and reducing waste, restaurateurs can save money and help save the planet.
Measure and Track
To reduce food waste, you need to know how much of your weekly food order is going unused. From there you can measure how each change you make to manage waste affects that number. Start by using inventory management technology to keep track.
Food isn’t just our business. At Sysco, it’s also our passion and our purpose as we fight to put an end to hunger
Sysco is committed to helping the millions of Americans who struggle with food insecurity and hunger, providing both financial and volunteer resources to local organizations. We currently allocate 75 percent of our community donations and volunteer activities toward hunger relief, and as part of our 2025 Corporate Social Responsibility Goals, we plan to donate 200 million meals and $50 million dedicated toward alleviating hunger and food insecurity in the communities we serve.
What is an ally? Allies are good listeners. They are open-minded and knowledgeable. Allies educate themselves and take proactive steps to prevent discrimination. Allies embody Sysco’s value of Inclusiveness. Being inclusive allows us to create a safe, diverse and dynamic work environment for our associates and customers where everyone has an equal opportunity to feel valued and respected, including LGBTQ+ people.
Sysco’s new sponsorship with Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s non-profit organization, The Store, as part of our Nourishing Neighbors initiative, will provide refrigeration equipment for The Store facility and fresh produce through FreshPoint. We are dedicated to fighting hunger in our communities and to #DeliveringaBetterTomorrow. By 2025, our goal is to donate 200 million meals and $50 million in support of our local communities.