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Sysco Chicago Donates $12,500 for New Food Truck

(From left to right) Karla Traver, Marketing Associate at Sysco Chicago; Tina Maraccini, Director of Marketing & Communications at Little City; Michael Furlong, Vice President of Sales at Sysco Chicago; and Sean Donohue, District Sales Manager at Sysco Chicago present the $12,500 check from Sysco Chicago. The donation was used to purchase a new vehicle for food transportation on Little City’s campus.

Thanks to Sysco Chicago, Little City can keep its food on the move.

Sysco Chicago recently donated Little City $12,500 to purchase a new truck to transport food all around campus. With numerous homes for children and adults in addition to the Center for Employment and Business Opportunities, a school, recreation center and centers for art and horticulture, food transportation is vital for Little City’s daily operation.

Bill Brennan, director of facilities at Little City, said the truck used for transportation was one of the oldest in the fleet and there was a pressing need to replace it.

“When you’re transporting food you want to make sure it is reliable and sanitary,” Bill said. “This is a truck we are going to be able to use every day and will last for years.”

The donation was part of Sysco Chicago’s Nourishing Neighbors program that provides charitable donations to agencies working to provide healthy, nutritious meals to those in need such as food banks, after-school programs, and seniors. Sysco Chicago has been a valued partner of Little City for years in not only providing food but also donating at special events like the Little City Invitational. This donation for a new truck is above and beyond the usual giving Sysco provides every year.

“We care for people by giving back, doing good and changing lives in our communities,” said Gary Salvestrini, president of Sysco Chicago.

Little City thanks Sysco Chicago for its years of continued support and for providing a much-needed vehicle that will ensure our residents can eat healthy meals every day.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services