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  • Community Involvement - Feature

    Aramark Building Community - Our Signature Volunteer and Philanthropic Program  

    Aramark Building Community (ABC) was launched in 2008 as our company-wide, signature philanthropic and volunteer initiative. It was designed to harness the expertise and resources of our company to enrich the lives of low-income families by enhancing the environments, experiences, and programs provided by local community centers.  

    Through ABC, we develop long-term partnerships to build the capacity of community centers and help them expand the important role they play in strengthening communities and families.  ABC slideshow cover  

    On any given day, you might find Aramark dietitians teaching nutrition classes, facilities managers refurbishing community center buildings, or our human resources professionals discussing career opportunities with at-risk youth.

    Since its inception, Aramark Building Community (click on photo to the right to see ABC in action) has grown to more than 52 cities in the US and internationally, impacting more than 4 million individuals and families and engaging thousands of employee volunteers. Since 2008, Aramark has contributed more than $8 million through cash grants, employee volunteerism and product donations toward improving neighborhood centers as part of this company-wide philanthropic and employee program.

    Aramark Building Community in Action  

    Aramark employees volunteer their diverse skills to support community centers in many ways:

    • Facilities Support through Center Enhancement Days – Large groups of Aramark employees work on projects to enhance the physical environment of community centers with community health gardens, enhanced kitchen facilities and more. 
    • Workforce Readiness -- We help prepare and connect youth and adults to meaningful work. Through Aramark-sponsored career fairs and ABC Career Education Zones, human resources professionals facilitate workshops, coach job seekers on skills and resumes, and assist with job placement. 
    • Health and Wellness Education and Awareness -- We help educate families on how to live healthier lifestyles. Our dietitians and thousands of culinary professionals collaborate with center experts to develop nutrition education curriculum and materials targeted to parents and children. Through Aramark-sponsored health fairs featuring Aramark Building Community Eat Smart Zones, company experts provide information on nutrition and healthy cooking.  
    • Access to Basic Needs – We respond to neighborhood needs by providing essential items like food, books, clothing and toys. Volunteers host drives collecting food items, clothing items and school supplies that are donated to thousands of families.    


    We also work with national partners to connect us to community centers on the local level. 

    Aramark Star Teams, which are regional groups of Aramark employees, adopt community centers on the local level and build ongoing, sustainable partnerships. Through Star Teams, we meet the needs of individual communities and Aramark resources in multiple geographies.


    Community Involvement Resources 

    Aramark Building Community brochure   

    Aramark Building Community case study 

     Aramark Building Community video 

    Aramark Building Community - Facts on Community Centers