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Social Responsibility

Local Connections
ARAMARK Higher Education at Thompson Rivers University donates bakery items to the New Life Mission, a local charity committed to helping the needy and hungry of Kamloops. The New Life Mission provides hot food and meals to hundreds of needy men, women and children primarily from the core Downtown area. They are trying hard to make a difference and we are glad to help.  Please visit http://newlifemission.ca for more details.


ARAMARK Canada is a proud supporter of Coffee Kids, an international non-profit organization that helps coffee-farming families in their efforts to improve the quality of their lives. Coffee Kids raises funds from the global coffee community to support community-based development projects that promote health, education and most importantly, income diversification for coffee-farming families in Latin America. Additionally, Coffee Kids develops awareness among coffee consumers and businesses to living conditions where coffee is grown and what can be done to improve them.

Coffee Kids is a program which all our Java coffee supports. This program does not go through middlemen to help the farmers but rather directly supports the communities to improve the quality of life for not only the farmers and their families but the entire community.

What does Coffee Kids do for the community?

  • Economic Diversification (so farmers are no longer totally reliant upon coffee as a sole source of income and are able to feed their families 12 months every year regardless of the price of coffee.)
  • Education (providing essential grants to local elementary schools for books, desks and other critical materials so children can attend school instead of work in the coffee fields)
  • High School and University Scholarships (to provide opportunity for qualified students who wish to further their education and build careers both in and outside of the coffee industry)
  • Nutrition (providing programs that assist coffee farming families in their efforts to create affordable and nutritious food for their families and their communities)
  • Healthcare (helping communities in their efforts to teach basic health care, preventative healthcare and traditional medicines so affordable healthcare is accessible to coffee farmers and their families.)

ARAMARK's Commitment:
We have selected the Rural Children's Education Foundation (FHC) as our beneficiary. For every cup of coffee purchased a contribution is made to Coffee Kids which goes to the Rural Children's Education Foundation supporting grants to elementary schools and scholarships to high school and university students. ARAMARK is part of the Gold Bean Club (the highest contributor award given out by Coffee Kids)

Please visit http://www.coffeekids.org for more details.


Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation
Since 1997, ARAMARK Canada employees have been committed to supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) by raising pledges for the annual Walk for the Cure, as well as holding fund raising events (bake sales, raffles, etc.). ARAMARK's involvement with JDRF provides excellent exposure in the business community and fosters an environment of teamwork and high morale for our ARAMARK Canada employees.

Please visit http://www.jdrf.ca/ for more details.

United Way
ARAMARK Canada committed to helping people in our communities through support of United Way. At Head Office, a number of activities and fun events take place every year, such as our annual United Way Kick-Off Breakfast, Christmas Fair, and “Adopt a Family” drive. The major activity is our United Way payroll deduction program, whereby, employees can have small deductions made each pay period. United Way is just one more way ARAMARK Canada employees demonstrate their generosity to those in the community who are in need.

Please visit http://www.unitedway.ca/english/ for more details.


ARAMARK Canada employees responded generously to a winter clothing drive, supplying costs, hats, gloves, and scarves. Volunteers helped to make sandwiches, soup, bag-lunches, and sorted endless bags of donations, which were distributed, with the help of the Salvation Army Harbourlight mission, to homeless youths on the streets of Toronto.

Please call (416) 363-6880 for more details.


We Care
ARAMARK Canada is a major sponsor of "Friends of We Care" Inc., an organization made up of companies in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry, which raises funds to send physically disabled children to camp. We participate through sponsorship and attendance at the annual Friends of We Care Gala night as well as other fundraising events throughout the year.

Please visit http://www.friendsofwecare.org/home.htm for more details.