HOUSTON, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) today kicked-off its second annual employee volunteer initiative, Sysco Gives Back Week, as part of the Company's charitable giving priority to provide healthy and nutritious meals to children, families and seniors in underserved communities. 

Sysco Gives Back Week supports the Company's community partners and provides Houston-based corporate associates with opportunities to volunteer during regular work hours at several Sysco-sponsored events. As a result of last year's high-employee engagement, the volunteer initiative has been extended to a two-week long event.

"Sysco is proud to support our community partners and join in the fight to end hunger," stated Catherine Kayser, Sysco's vice president of corporate social responsibility. "When it comes to giving back in the communities where we work and live, our goal is to focus our community donations and volunteerism toward hunger relief initiatives, and Sysco Gives Back Week helps us accomplish this."

Associates at Sysco's West Houston and Cypress campuses are volunteering over the next two weeks at events for Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack, Catholic Charities Pan de Vida Food Pantry, Cy-Hope, Houston Food Bank's main campus and mobile pantries in Katy and Spring Branch, Kids' Meals, Meals on Wheels, Star of Hope Mission, Target Hunger and Urban Harvest.

Sysco plans to expand its employee volunteer programs during Hunger Action Month in September with additional opportunities for associates to further donate their time.

About Sysco Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2017 that ended July 1, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion. For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco.  For important news and information regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations section of the company's Internet home page at www.investors.sysco.com, which Sysco plans to use as a primary channel for publishing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information.  Investors should also follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock and download the Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should continue to review our news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.

Media contact:                                                                                 Camilla Zuckero                                 Director, External Communications  zuckero.camilla@corp.sysco.com       T 281-899-1839                                

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