Sysco LABS Donates Warm Meals
This year, communities around the country have faced financial, health and safety issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To minimise the number of people who would go hungry during the festive season, Sysco LABS Sri Lanka introduced the “Share a meal. Share a moment” initiative which would seek to provide warm meals, prepared in clean kitchens following health and safety guidelines to communities in need – in and around Colombo.
The company initially pledged to donate 10,000 warm meals by 31 December 2020. However, due to an overwhelming response from its associates – a total of more than 12,000 warm meals were donated by the end of the project.
To ensure that meals were donated to those who really needed it, Sysco LABS sought the support of two volunteer groups who were experienced in the area; the Robin Hood Army and Ghedora Connects are two well-known charity organisations which are focused on hunger relief within the country and have important information and expertise about where the meals were most needed. The Rotaract Club of Achievers Lanka Business School also came on board as volunteers to aid the charity organisations’ efforts to distribute as many meals as possible.
Meals were prepared following all health and safety guidelines by Curries Kitchen and Curry Pot restaurants in Colombo. The Robin Hood Army is a global, volunteer based, zero-funds organisation that works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to serve less fortunate people. The organisation consists over 70,000 volunteers spread across 195+ cities.
Commenting on the origins of the project and the inspiration behind it, Shanil Fernando, Managing Director - Sri Lanka and SVP Engineering said, “2020 was a challenging year across the board for everyone, with many people losing their jobs and livelihoods due to the pandemic. With this project, Sysco LABS’s hope was to fulfil an essential need in the community.