Accenture, Loblaw Companies Ltd. donate logistics, groceries in support
of local food banks
BRAMPTON, ON, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Editors Note: Photos for this
release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire.
B-roll footage of the event will be available via satellite on
Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. Eastern
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Sandalwood Heights Secondary School students, staff, community partners
and students from neighbouring schools will attempt to set a Guinness
World Record on Dec. 18 by assembling 1,000 hunger relief packages
simultaneously. The current record—555 packages—was set by Walmart
associates in Arkansas in May 2012. Accenture and Loblaw Companies Ltd.
have donated all of the food and logistical support for the assembly
and delivery of the packages to local food banks.
"The holiday season is a time when local food banks look for community
support to help provide for families in need," says Karen Guyatt,
principal at Sandalwood Heights. "Bringing staff, students and sponsors
together to give back to our community will be a rewarding experience
for all involved and have a profound impact on the lives of Peel
families. If we can set a Guinness World Record while giving back, all
Package assembly will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the school's gymnasium where
500 participants will assemble 1,000 packages simultaneously.
Participants will pack 10 non-perishable food items into each package,
at the same time, and have three minutes to complete the record
Notes David Hilgendorff, head of technology at Sandalwood Heights and
event organizer, "Bringing this many participants together for a
worthwhile cause is an exciting opportunity. We appreciate the support
of Accenture and Loblaw and look forward to 'cramming' the delivery
"Working together with Loblaw and the students at Sandalwood Heights, we
are committed to helping improve the communities in which we live and
work," says Jeff Goldberg, managing director, Accenture. "Delivering
high performance begins with setting ambitious goals, and we are proud
to be contributing to this large-scale project to deliver meals to
those in need, and try for a Guinness World Record."
After the record attempt, hunger relief packages will be loaded onto
delivery trucks, beginning at 3 p.m. The packages will then be
delivered to local food banks, including the Brampton Salvation Army
and the Knights Table. "Making a positive difference in our community
is important to the way we do business at Loblaw and we are happy to
support, along with Accenture and Sandalwood Heights as they work to
make a difference in their community," says Peggy Hornell, director of
community investment, Loblaw Companies Limited. "We wish the students
all the best and applaud them for their creativity in supporting those
in need this holiday season."
Sandalwood Heights is located at 2671 Sandalwood Parkway E. in Brampton.
For more information about the current Guinness World Record, visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1/most-hunger-relief-packages-assembled-simultaneously.
About the Peel District School Board
The Peel board is Canada's largest school board outside of Toronto. It
serves 153,000 kindergarten to grade 12 students in 242 schools located
in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. For more information, visit the
board's website at www.peelschools.org.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients
in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience,
comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business
functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful
companies. Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become
high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net
revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013.
Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Loblaw Companies Limited TSX:L
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one
of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000
corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its
franchisees employ more than 134,000 full-time and part-time employees.
Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of
products and services to meet the everyday household demands of
Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control
(private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no
name® and Joe Fresh® brands. In addition, the Company makes available
to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC®
points and PC Plus™ loyalty program.
SOURCE: Peel District School Board
For further information:
Media contact: Karen Guyatt, Principal, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, Peel District School Board, 905-494-0023, email@example.com
David Hilgendorff, Head of Technology, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, Peel District School Board, 905-494-0023, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meaghan Moroz, NATIONAL Public Relations, 416-848-1450 or 416-568-1950, email@example.com
Loblaw Public Relations, 905-459-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference: Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 2725, email@example.com
Note to media: A complete agenda is available by contacting Ryan Strang at 905-890-1010, ext. 2725.