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Elior North America Kicks off Participation in Kick Hunger Challenge

Joins NFL initiative to fight hunger across the country

Press Release – Charlotte, N.C., November 21, 2017Elior North America, a foodservice company with a commitment to making a positive difference in people’s lives every day, recently kicked off its participation in Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. The annual fundraising competition encourages fans from all 32 NFL markets to raise money for their favorite NFL team’s local food bank. With 1 in 6 people struggling with hunger, this was an opportunity for Elior to expand upon its long-standing community efforts by bringing together the company’s local teams from across the country around a single cause. Team members have been encouraged to donate their time, food and money to kick hunger. The campaign will run through Super Bowl weekend, during which Elior North America will serve as the welcoming partner for Taste of the NFL’s 27th Annual Party with a Purpose.

“The Kick Hunger Challenge has been working to fight hunger for more than 27 years and addresses a cause that closely aligns with our mission to support the communities where we live and work,” says Elior North America’s EVP and Chief Growth Officer, Chris Ciatto. “Our teams have begun to answer the call and are actively uniting around a common cause, working together to fight hunger in their local communities. While Elior’s family of companies provide food services to a wide range of segments and geographies across the country – from high-end cultural institutions to Meals on Wheels programs, our more than 16,000 team members have a shared commitment to end hunger in our local communities. This initiative has brought the teams together in a meaningful and impactful way.”

To launch this initiative, Elior North America recently hosted a Kick Hunger Challenge Football and Family event in the company’s new corporate headquarters in Uptown Charlotte, N.C. The event was an opportunity for Elior team members to gather in a social setting while also building awareness for hunger within the local community. All food and monetary contributions were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina that supports the local Charlotte community. This was one of more than 30 events that have already taken place across the country with many more scheduled in December and January.

“This event helped get my whole family excited about volunteering and raising money for our local food bank,” says Elior North America employee Sally Luckhurst. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that supports giving back to our communities.”

The company has challenged all team members to volunteer their time during the month of November to support this cause, while also coordinating several volunteer opportunities throughout the month including a day of service planned on #GivingTuesday. Elior is also enabling some friendly competition among team members as they log their efforts and share their stories via a custom website. Collectively, the team has already donated 7,353 pounds of food, logged 358 volunteer hours and donated enough money to fund 44,659 meals.

Elior North America serves more than one million meals each day to people across the United States. Through its Elior Cares program, the company strives to reach beyond its kitchens and identify opportunities to positively impact people across the country.

About Elior North America

Elior North America enhances people’s lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. The family of companies, with over 16,000 team members, provides food services and catering to more than 1,300 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. Elior North America is among the top contract food service companies in the United States. The company has a management partnership with European contract catering firm Elior. Learn more at

About Kick Hunger Challenge:

The Kick Hunger Challenge is a fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization and non-profit dedicated to hunger relief, which has rallied the country’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. 100% of the money donated to the Kick Hunger Challenge is distributed to the local food bank chosen by the contributor. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at For more information on Taste of the NFL, please visit

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