In response to Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Sysco Corporation has announced the Company will donate at least $1 million for relief efforts in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region, including an immediate donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is an integral organization for providing critical assistance to disaster relief areas, such as those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The organization provides assistance in the form of temporary shelter, food, clean water and other life-saving essentials to those who need it most.
“Our valued communities, customers and associates are the heart of Sysco,” said Bill DeLaney, Sysco’s chief executive officer. “We have a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by delivering food, water and emergency supplies. Our $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief will allow us to provide additional assistance to the communities, customers and associates we are committed to.
“One of Sysco’s top priorities continues to be making deliveries to critical customer locations. We have been working diligently to get water, food and other supplies to our valued customers in Houston and other areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.”
In addition to the donation to the American Red Cross, the Company has established the Sysco Disaster Relief Foundation to provide funds directly to Sysco associates to help with the storm’s aftermath. Sysco will match dollar-for-dollar each donation made by associates and business partners to this foundation. Funds will be used for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and other items needed by affected associates.
“More than 10 percent of our 3,000 Houston-area associates have already been directly impacted by Harvey, and as the storm’s aftermath continues to be assessed, this number could rise,” continued DeLaney. “Over $350,000 has already been collected for the Sysco Disaster Relief Foundation, which Sysco is matching, dollar-for-dollar. We established this foundation to support associates who incur significant financial and personal hardships as a result of natural disasters.”
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