Sodexo and Its Employees Committed to the Fight Against Hunger
By Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager
Millions of Americans – young and old – go to bed hungry every night. Recognizing that there is no one solution to this problem, the Sodexo Foundation remains committed after 10 years in the fight against hunger to supporting efforts that aim to STOP Hunger. This spring has been no exception.
In March, the Sodexo Foundation made a renewed commitment to focus on the 17 million children in the United States facing hunger. In an effort to ensure these children grow up with dependable access to nutritious food and enable them to lead healthy, productive lives, the Sodexo Foundation is committed to providing $20 million in grants and in-kind donations to support and create new, innovative approaches and solutions.
Through a new three-year partnership with Share Our Strength and Youth Service America, Sodexo will target funding for summer meals programs, nationwide youth engagement activities and special grants to youth, non-profit organizations and schools.
Student Food Drive
For two weeks in April, five members of the Student Ambassador program – former Sodexo interns – helped organize food drives to support STOP Hunger initiatives. Food donations were collected at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.; Howard University in Washington, DC; Radford University in Radford, Va.; California Polytechnical Institute in Pomona, Calif.; and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
An annual event held each April since 1997, the Sodexo Servathon is a way to engage employees in hunger relief efforts in their local communities. Each year, thousands of employees across North America – from the U.S. to Canada to Mexico – participate by serving food, fundraising, hosting food drives, and holding free nutrition and food safety workshops at hunger relief organizations.
The commitment to STOP Hunger is not just a corporate initiative for Sodexo. It’s a deeply held value by its employees, whose commitment to participating in programs like these help bring us closer to ending the fight against hunger. To learn more about our employee efforts, check out our Heroes of Everyday Life.
Editor: Sherie Valderrama, Senior Director
Assistant Editor: Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager