Aramark employees in London join forces with City Year UK to share nutrition knowledge, inspire families to lead healthy lifestyles

On September 20th 2017, 34 Aramark team members volunteered to support Shoreditch Park Primary School, on Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day), the company’s global day of service, bringing health and wellness education and workforce readiness programs to families in London.

In partnership with City Year UK, volunteers transformed the school garden and playground, and led sessions to the whole school focusing on the importance of exercise and nutrition, with highlights including a PE session and sugar challenge which looked at the amount of sugar in everyday foods. Around the world on the 20th September, thousands of Aramark employees and associates, including chefs and dieticians, volunteered at community centers and nonprofit organizations to celebrate Aramark’s year-round community engagement and volunteer efforts.

“At Aramark, our mission is to enrich a nd nourish lives,” said Brian Riordan, Managing Director, of Aramark Northern Europe. “Today and throughout the year, thousands of our dedicated team members work with local community centers and nonprofit partners to help strengthen families and build thriving communities through health and wellness programs, much like those being delivered in London today.”

Penny Smith, Head Teacher at Shoreditch Park Primary School said: “We were delighted to host the Aramark volunteers today at the school. The pupils learned so much about healthy eating and cooking in a fun environment which was great to see.

“The activities the volunteers put on were interactive and insightful and they have made a big impact here today.”

City Year UK has partnered with Shoreditch Park Primary School for seven years, providing teams of dedicated and engaged young volunteers who serve full-time as mentors, tutors and role models for the academic year.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Aramark and its dedicated employees for taking the time today to come out and share their expertise with our community,” said City Year UK Interim Head of London Jennie Blake. “Aramark have supported us since 2010 and we’ve hosted an ABC Day every year since 2014. They’re always fun and hugely beneficial to the pupils who learn so much through the planned activities. This year is the first day hosted in a primary school since the first one in 2014 and it’s great to see the pupils enjoy it so much.”

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