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‘SSA Group emerges victorious at Last Mile Food Rescue event with Cincinnati Zoo collaboration’

April 30, 2024 | by The Jeuns

SSA Group, a leading provider of integrated guest services, recently received an Appreciation Award at Last Mile Food Rescue’s Miles of Gratitude event in partnership with Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Last Mile is a Greater Cincinnati food rescue organization dedicated to saving and distributing good food to those in need, fighting food waste, and eradicating local hunger by connecting Food Donors with NGOs to support the food insecure in the area.

In 2023, SSA Group and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden donated 1,826 lbs of food, providing 1,522 meals for the community and preventing 992 lbs of CO2 emissions.

As a food and retail partner for Cincinnati Zoo, SSA Group has been working with the zoo to achieve its goal of becoming Net Zero Waste by 2025. Together with community partners, they successfully made the zoo’s major 2023 fundraising events zero waste, diverting 3 tons of recyclable materials and 2 ½ tons of rubbish from the landfill. SSA at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden also celebrated Green Restaurant awards for two cafes at the zoo, with two 4-star and one 3-star certified restaurants from the Green Restaurant Association.

Additionally, SSA Group recently announced a new partnership with Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida, where they are now operating the dining and retail offerings at the attraction with an enhanced level of service and new product lines. The attraction’s cafés now feature self-ordering kiosks for a simplified checkout process.


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