SOURCE: U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice

May 06, 2011 10:00 ET

U.S. Foodservice Employees Lose Nearly 25,000 Pounds and Donate 25,000 Pounds of Food to Illinois Food Banks

ROSEMONT, IL--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) - U.S. Foodservice, one of America's leading foodservice distributors, donated 25,000 pounds of food today to Chicago-area Feeding America member food banks. The donation is valued at approximately $50,000.00. The food will be split equally between the Northern Illinois Food Bank, located in St. Charles, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, located in Chicago.

The donation marks the end of the company's second annual "Winning Weigh Challenge" in which 2,600 employees and spouses at more than 60 U.S. facilities lost nearly 25,000 pounds combined between February 21 and April 15. The eight-week health education program covered topics including portion control, nutrition label interpretation, goal setting, benefits of exercise, the truth about fad diets and preparing balanced meals. To encourage employee participation, U.S. Foodservice partnered with Feeding America and committed to matching the pounds lost by employees in food donations.

"U.S. Foodservice employees demonstrated their commitment to both personal health and philanthropy by participating in the Winning Weigh Challenge," said Dave Esler, chief human resources officer, U.S. Foodservice.

The 25,000 pounds of food donated to Feeding America will provide 19,000 meals to individuals experiencing hunger or at risk of hunger.

Cook County, which is served by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, has a food insecurity rate of 16.1 percent, meaning 845,910 of residents lack adequate food access, or have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

"This donation will put nutritious food on the table for our neighbors in need in Cook County," said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "We are so thankful to U.S. Foodservice for its generosity during these difficult times."

The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which serves the Will, McHenry, Lake, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, DuPage, Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, Kendall, Ogle and Stephenson counties, has a 12.5 percent food insecurity rate, meaning 489,030 residents experience food insecurity.

"Hunger in Illinois is great and growing," said Peter Schaefer, President and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank. "The protein-rich foods donated by U.S. Foodservice will provide vital nutrition to community members in need."

As a national Mission Partner of Feeding America, U.S. Foodservice has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to food banks since 2007.

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit Find us on Facebook at or follow our news on Twitter at

About U.S. Foodservice
U.S. Foodservice is one of America's leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 350,000 national brand products and its own high-quality private label items, ranging from meats to produce to frozen foods. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide. U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to more than 250,000 customers, including independent restaurants, government operations, healthcare and hospitality entities, educational institutions and prominent multi-unit restaurant companies. With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Discover more at

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