Sysco Announces $1 Million Donation for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Fri. September 1st, 2017 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

HOUSTON, TX - Members from all sides of the industry are coming together to help Houston, and the surrounding areas of Texas affected by Harvey, pull out of some of the most significant damages seen in the U.S. Sysco, too, has joined the ranks, announcing it will donate a minimum of $1 million for relief efforts in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region. This includes and immediate donation to the American Cross of $500,000.

Bill DeLaney, CEO, Sysco Corporation“Our valued communities, customers and associates are the heart of Sysco,” said Bill DeLaney, 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.”

In addition to the donation to the American Red Cross, the company said in a press release that it has established the Sysco Disaster Relief Foundation to provide funds directly to Sysco associates to help with the storm’s aftermath. Through this, it will match dollar-for-dollar each donation made by associates and business partners to this foundation.

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“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,” DeLaney continued. “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. 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.”

Funds will be used for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and other items needed by affected associates.