Sodexo began working to fight hunger and malnutrition in 1996, after some of the company’s U.S. employees noted that some children lacked the basic nutrition provided by the school food services during school holidays. The Sodexo employees decided to step in and provide free meals during those gaps. Sodexo continues to provide its support by engaging employees, suppliers, clients and consumers in the Stop hunger efforts in some 30 countries through six initiatives.
Each year in April and May, Stop Hunger Servathon is a key moment for mobilizing all of our volunteers to work with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to serve free meals, collect food and raise funds. Today, we work with over 600 NGO’s in 30 countries.
Pay Roll Deductions
Sodexo employees have the opportunity to contribute to Stop hunger by donating a small portion of their monthly salary, with an equal amount donated by Sodexo. In the U.S., this operation has raised nearly $700,000.
We fund community garden projects run by NGOs around the world that pursue one or both of the following two objectives: provide opportunities for those in need to eat fresh vegetables and fruits that they may not have the opportunity to buy because these products can be among the most expensive in some countries; educate children on the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and thus change their consumption behavior as well as that of their families.
These products are sold to Sodexo consumers around the world, with a portion of the sale going to benefit Stop hunger. This can take the form of special operations with a supplier, creating a product in collaboration with an NGO or sales of Fair Trade products.
Surplus Food Distribution
While Sodexo teams make every effort to eliminate food waste at the restaurants they manage, conditions occur that result in too great a quantity of food than can be prepared for consumption that day. In this case, we offer the daily surplus to local associations or NGOs for redistribution to those in need.
We encourage two forms of volunteering: basic volunteering that requires no special skills other than the heart and the willingness to offer time and empathy to others and a willingness to act for change, and skills-based volunteering for those who perform missions for NGOs who have need of specific skills. Sodexo employees participate voluntarily in these initiatives, and the donations of money or food are collected and earmarked for NGOs or local organizations of their choice
Locally, Sodexo at Centre College has hosted Servathons, employees donate time and money by volunteering at local NGOs and giving money from pay roll deductions and the dining team has donated surplus food to NGOs to help those locally during holidays and throughout the year have nutritious meals in times of need.
To start out this academic year, Sodexo and the Centre College Dining Team has partnered with California band Smash Mouth to raise awareness about SMASHing hunger. Through the month of September culminating with the donations received from tonight’s Smash Mouth concert, Sodexo and the Centre College Dining Team are collecting donations of non-perishable canned goods and funds to give to the Community Friends Outreach Food Bank to help our Danville Community.
So, why is fighting hunger important? Everyday, Sodexo serves hundreds of thousands of nutritious meals. Yet according to the USDA across our nation 50 million people are at risk of hunger, including more than 16 million children, That represents one in five children that face hunger –preventing them from reaching their full potential. The donations received during the month of September and the items donated at tonight’s show will be added to the nearly 30,000 portions of food donated over the recent years to help our community.
This will be the first hunger awareness event of the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Please look for future hunger relief events and help Sodexo and the Centre College Dining Team support their fight against hunger.
Patrons who bring a canned good or non-perishable food item with them to the Smash Mouth concert on September 27 will receive a special treat from Sodexo. To buy tickets to the concert or learn more about Smash Mouth, click here.
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in Marseilles, France, Sodexo is now the worldwide leader in Quality of Life services. For over 40 years, we have developed unique expertise, backed by nearly 428,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe.
In combining the diverse talents of our teams, Sodexo is the only company to integrate a complete offer of innovative services, based on over 100 professions. We develop, manage and deliver a unique array of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services for all our clients to improve the Quality of Life.
Our experiences with our over 75 million customers each and every day enable us to develop Quality of Life services that reinforce the well-being of individuals, improving their effectiveness and helping companies and organizations to improve performance…every day.