We are committed to ensuring that the impact of our operations on the millions of people living in our Canadian communities remains positive. We support local enterprise through our purchasing, employment opportunities, investment and volunteerism, and we are proud to be a part of the diverse social and economic framework that keeps our country strong.
We know that there are many ways to define local when it comes to food, each bringing their own facets of value to those of us who would seek to see more of it on their plate. Some associate local food with freshness, while others think in terms of the positive economic impact of keeping your spending within the province. Then there are those who see food culture and tradition as a fundamental building block to a strong and healthy community. We see it as all of those things, and we look forward to introducing our neighbours to a growing number of locally-based vendors and their products.
Aramark Building Community is our commitment to improve community health and wellness and help people succeed in education and employment in partnership with local community centers. We sponsor official volunteer events in major urban centers all over Canada every year, and with the introduction of a new online portal that makes it even easier for employees to get involved, we will reach a greater number of people in even more communities than ever before.
Canadian consumers are more anxious than ever to understand more about their food system, and we have introduced a number of ways to support their education. Each year our chefs and managers invite members of the local community to accompany them to the farms and facilities that produce the wide variety of ingredients found every single day in our menus. We then use the photos and stories collected from these visits to create producer profiles we call “Who’s Your Farmer?” and share them to help our customers learn more about the vast diversity that is characteristic of the food landscape in their region.
For more information on Local Sourcing and Community, read our Be Well. Do Well. Launch Report.