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  • Inside Sysco: Where Your Food is Really Coming From

    Sysco Corporation is the world’s largest food distributor. It’s a $43 billion dollar publicly traded corporation that supplies restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and many other food facilities with everything from raw meat and dairy to fruits and vegetables. The company’s motto is “Good Things Come from Sysco.” But this yearlong investigation exposed the company’s widespread practice of storing fresh food in dirty, unrefrigerated, outdoor storage lockers for hours, before it was delivered to unsuspecting customers across Northern California. Employees across the U.S. and Canada later revealed that these sheds were part of the company’s food distribution practices for over a decade. The investigation uncovered a widespread network of sheds in places including Washington, Utah, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia stateside, in addition to Ontario and British Columbia in Canada.
  • Food for the Taking; Food bank practices more loose than first disclosed; The hunger market

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated the San Diego Food Bank, the only major charity distributing donations of the America's Second Harvest network in the region. Although hunger was at an all-time high, the food bank tolerated widespread theft of tons of donations over many years. Many of the stolen goods were sold at swap meets and in discount stores around San Diego County, and hundreds of tons a year were shipped into Mexico. The reports also explored the nutritional value of donations; much of it is not edible and some food that is distributed lacks nutritional value. America's Second Harvest, the national food-distribution network, has done little to reform its San Diego affiliate. The investigation also found that the top five participants in the food bank's Charitable Food Distribution Program are charities run by people whose backgrounds include a felony conviction, bankruptcy, court orders for child support and multiple lawsuits. The last story explored the national charity's strong-arm tactics used to secure donations from corporations.