HELPING COMMUNITIES MAKE IT
At US Foods®, we believe in the power of food to give people a chance at a better future. As one of the largest food distributors in the United States, we’re privileged to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and work – empowering people with both nourishment and opportunity. US Foods is committed to:
To help ensure populations in need have access to safe and nutritious food, we support food banks and other nonprofits through product and financial contributions. As a Feeding America Mission Partner, US Foods has donated more than 79 million pounds of food since 2013. Our employees also donate their time and talent to volunteer at local food banks and other food-related causes across the country.
In 2017, US Foods donated $2 million of food to Feeding America to support relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Through this partnership, 40 truckloads of food were delivered to food banks to feed those impacted by the storms.
CULINARY EDUCATION FOR underserved YOUTH
We proudly support programs that prepare underserved youth for culinary careers. In August 2017, we launched our US Foods Scholars program in Chicago and Arizona through a partnership with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The program awards financial support and professional development opportunities to outstanding students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry. In August of 2018, we named our first six US Foods Scholars. Learn more about these future culinary professionals here.
Safeguarding the Environment
US Foods® is committed to continually improving the efficiency of our facilities and our fleet. Through the implementation of operational best practices and the use of innovative technology, we strive consistently to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.
We’re increasing the energy efficiency of our facilities through a comprehensive energy program focused on implementing building management best practices and innovative technology solutions. This commitment includes installing more efficient lighting with occupancy sensors in many of our facilities and regularly conducting energy tune-ups to optimize the operation of refrigeration systems.
In addition, we utilize refrigeration systems with the latest measures to reduce outside air infiltration, such as vertical store dock plates or fast-acting insulated doors between temperature zones. Using Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on condensers and evaporators allows motors to run at variable speeds to better match cooling loads, also reducing energy use.
As we add new facilities to our operations, US Foods has constructed several distribution centers certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). We have three LEED Silver-certified facilities located in Seabrook, New Hampshire; Flowood, Mississippi and Buda, Texas.
At the same time we’re increasing energy efficiency in our facilities, we’re working to reduce the overall miles driven by our fleet through optimized routing and right-sizing our vehicles by route type to improve our transportation efficiency.
Additional fleet enhancements include the installation of SmartWay verified tires and tire inflation systems that help with fuel efficiency, as well as trailer skirts that help with wind resistance. Extended oil drain schedules reduce oil use and create less oil waste, and the utilization of lighter weight oil in our vehicles helps improve fuel economy.
As we continue to update and add to our fleet, we have selected new vehicle models that feature an aerodynamic design for better fuel efficiency and engines that run at a lower RPM to reduce emissions. In addition, the new vehicles include state-of-the-art diagnostics that connect to the engine and monitor performance in real-time, as well as onboard computer monitoring systems that are used to report fuel economy and idle time. This data is used to drive continuous improvement and higher efficiency.
As fleet technology continues to evolve, we’re also testing new, innovative approaches such as the 55 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles we have in our fleet today in Texas and Oklahoma City, which allow us to save fuel and reduce truck emissions.