Diversity and Inclusion
SUPPORTING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES
As a company, we hope to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive future, beginning with how we do business and how we give back to the communities where we live and work. By increasing the diversity of our suppliers and our international restaurant offerings, we are supporting economic growth among multi-cultural businesses and populations. In conjunction, our outreach to diverse communities allows us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others that reaches beyond our workplace and supports the underserved.
At US Foods®, we leverage diversity and inclusion in service of our customers to offer products and services that reflect the international cultures they represent, and that meet the needs of the multicultural communities they serve. In keeping with this effort, we strive to source our products from a competitive and diverse supplier base. Currently, we work with a wide range of woman- or minority-owned suppliers and are increasing our diverse supplier network through memberships with organizations like the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. US Foods is also represented on the board of the Supplier Diversity Food and Beverage Industry Group.
As a Feeding America Leadership Partner, we support food banks and other related nonprofits through product and financial contributions with the aim of reaching underserved populations in need across our entire US Foods footprint. We are grateful to our associates who help support these efforts and enable us to provide critical donations to those facing food insecurity.
Since March 2020, we’ve donated $30 million of product to charitable organizations, including 125,000 pounds of food to help the Greater Chicago Food Depository bring pop-up food pantries to communities of color on Chicago’s South and West Sides, which have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and civil unrest.
US Foods Scholars Program
Our US Foods Scholars program seeks to support the pipeline of diverse talent entering the restaurant industry by providing financial support and professional development opportunities to outstanding underserved students pursuing culinary careers. Since the program launched in 2017, we have provided over $600,000 in scholarship funding to alleviate financial barriers to our industry and help the next generation of diverse culinarians reach their full potential. Today, more than 90% of our US Foods Scholars are diverse.
To learn more about the program and each of our talented scholars, click here.
Diversity and Inclusion
Learn more about how restaurateurs are thinking about their commitment to diversity and inclusion in their businesses from our panelists featured at the 2019 National Restaurant Show.