Community Engagement
A South Bronx Sodexo Summer
Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz

South Bronx teacher,
Founder of Green Bronx Machine

Now that I’m well into back-to-school mode and looking towards the future, I can’t help but reflect on our amazing South Bronx Sodexo Summer. A summer when twenty children from the largest stretch of public housing in the poorest congressional district in America chose to come together to: (more…)

What’s Stronger Than Monster Hurricanes?
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The natural disasters this hurricane season are leaving damage, both physical and emotional. Even as those most affected mourn and rebuild, they are bracing for more storms.

Amid the chaos, as our teams have been among the thousands in danger along each of the storms’ paths, I feel deep gratitude. Hurricane Harvey, Irma and their kin may be monsters, but they are no match for the human spirit. (more…)

Fighting hunger in affluent counties
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall

President,

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,

Sodexo North America

We often think of food insecurity and hunger as something that happens in other countries, or only in the poorest parts of our nation. But the reality is that people are hungry all over the country, including in some of the nation’s wealthiest towns and counties. (more…)

Fighting hunger on college campuses
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Many of us assume that the most pressing food issue on college campus is student nutrition.  We think of college as a culture of late-night ramen and pizza. But we often forget that many college students don’t have enough to eat at all.

In fact, as many as two out of three students at community colleges are food insecure, according to a March 2017 report from Wisconsin’s HOPE Lab that was sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees. (more…)

Beyond Volunteering: Harnessing the Energy and Optimism of Youth in Advocacy
Rebecca Middleton
Rebecca Middleton

Executive Director,
Alliance to End Hunger

Back in 2013, I joined the Alliance to End Hunger after a decade as a corporate lobbyist. As with any major life change, this one had implications on our family routines. One night over dinner, my husband and I talked about my new job with our children — then 8- and 6-years old. That evening at bedtime, my daughter, Sarah, said thoughtfully, “But Mommy, if you end hunger you won’t have a job anymore.” My response to her was “And wouldn’t that be wonderful.” (more…)

How Innovation Is Helping to End Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

In the world of fighting hunger, innovation comes in many forms. It can come from a new use of technology—like our Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholar Jack Griffin, who developed an app that uses GPS to tell people in need where they can find a food bank. Other times, it can be using an old technology in a new way, such as using food trucks to create mobile kitchens that bring hot meals to people in need, a method employed by other Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation grant recipients.

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Memorial Day at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Steven Peterson
Steven Peterson

Director, Scholarship Programs
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

As summer begins, many of us are looking forward to spending time enjoying the freedoms we’re blessed with as Americans. On Memorial Day, our Nation will take the time to pause and respect the true meaning of these moments, the true price of those freedoms. At the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation we make it our …

“Are you going to be back tomorrow?”
Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson

President at Share Our Strength

That’s what wide-eyed Andrew asked after his first meal at a No Kid Hungry supported summer meals site in Baltimore. When a volunteer assured him that, yes, they’d be back at the same time the next day, Andrew looked up into the volunteer’s eyes while lifting up his pinky and asked, “Pinky swear?” (more…)

Childcare critical to military families
William French
William French

Vice Adm., USN, (Ret),
President | CEO, Armed Services YMCA

“If you close tomorrow because of the snow, I won’t be able to go to work.”

“I haven’t had a single break since my husband deployed.”

“I missed another appointment because I didn’t have anyone to watch the kids.”

At the Armed Services YMCA we have heard these and many other examples of why childcare is so important. It can especially make a huge difference in the lives of our young military families. We offer many programs designed to help meet the challenges of military life, but few are as needed as childcare. (more…)

Proud to Serve
Deborah Roberts
Deborah Roberts

CEO Government Services, Sodexo

There have always been female warriors, and Women’s History Month is an appropriate time to remember them. While many civilians are aware that the number of women on active duty in all branches of service has risen dramatically, few know the extent of women’s service to our country, particularly in combat roles.

 

A small number of women have been in combat throughout American history—though  they had to disguise themselves as men and enlist under aliases. Deborah Samson Gannett from Plymouth, Mass., was one of the first. In 1782, she enlisted under the name of her deceased brother, Robert Shurtleff Samson, and served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. She was wounded twice and cut a musket ball out of her own thigh, so a doctor wouldn’t examine her and find out she was a woman. (more…)

The Many Benefits of Volunteerism
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a leadership education program with a group called Leadership Montgomery (LM). The group’s goal is to build bonds among leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sector to improve the local community.

LM has always been focused on the value of giving and giving back to the community. Recently, they even expanded to include the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County. The expansion will help them educate businesses on how to partner with and support non-profit organizations. (more…)

Quality of Military Life
David Scanlan
David Scanlan

CEO,
Sodexo Government North America

General Lucian Truscott, a highly decorated U.S. Army officer who was recognized for both his leadership and service during World War II, stated in his 1954 memoir Mission Commands: A Personal Story, “The American soldier demonstrated that, properly equipped, trained and led, he has no superior among all the armies of the world.”  I could not agree more!  During my tenure leading Sodexo’s Government segment in North America, which is the nation’s largest federal foodservice contractor, I have seen firsthand the tremendous work our brave service men and women exhibit each and every day, and it never ceases to amaze me. (more…)

Commercial Opportunity Flows from Inclusiveness
Kelly Beaulieu
Kelly Beaulieu

Founder and Owner,

Canadian Prairie Garden Purees

Sodexo Canada was recently named winner of the 2016 Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity Award by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers Council (CAMSC).

From my perspective as an Aboriginal business owner who has worked closely with Sodexo since 2013, this recognition is richly deserved. Our company, Canadian Prairie Garden Purees (CPG), supplies Sodexo’s food service and healthcare divisions with premium quality fruit, vegetable and pulse purees.

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Imagine America without Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

 

Big dreams like a hunger-free America may seem far-fetched and unrealistic to some, but to Generation Z, this goal is realistic and inspires them to take action in their communities. Generation Z, roughly defined as those born since the mid-90s, is considered to be America’s greatest giving generation.1 (more…)

5 Ways YOU Can Get Involved in Hunger Action Month!
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

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Advice from a 15-Year Old Nonprofit-Preneur
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

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Igniting Youth Imagination in the Fight Against Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

 

“The greatest feeling in the world is realizing that you have what it takes to be a social catalyst

for positive change, which can be achieved through serving others.” –Angelina, 2016 Youth Grantee, age 16. (more…)

Hidden Hunger and What Young Leaders are Doing to Help
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit. (more…)

Making a Positive Impact: Inspiring Young People to Get Involved in Their Community
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” – Robert Kennedy

Growing up, I lived in a middle-class neighborhood with a financially stable family. My childhood memories consist mainly of playing hide-and-go-seek with neighborhood friends and getting called in at 6PM for dinner.  I’d gather around the table with my family, where we would indulge in the delicious feast my father had prepared. (more…)

Ending Summer Hunger: A Team Effort
Audrey Rowe
Audrey Rowe

Administrator of
Food and Nutrition Service,
USDA

A staggering 15.3 million American children live in food insecure households.  Right here in our own country, maybe even in your own neighborhood, there are children who have become used to living with the sounds of a growling stomach.  These are kids who aren’t lucky enough to be picky eaters; who don’t have the luxury of asking “What’s for dinner tonight?” but instead, ask “Are we having dinner tonight?”  (more…)

Making a Global Difference: Stop Hunger Turns 20
Bob Stern
Bob Stern

President,

Sodexo Foundation and

Group General Counsel,

Sodexo

In 1996, the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed to protect organizations from liability when they give good faith donations of food for charitable causes. For most
people, this might not seem like a milestone event, but for Steve Brady it was all the motivation needed to put his plan into action.  (more…)

Growing Future Leaders in the Fight to End Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

There are some remarkable people out there who are fighting to end hunger. These people have dedicated countless hours to ensuring no one goes hungry, whether it’s in their own communities or around the world. Some have donated thousands of pounds of food to people in need. Some have recruited others and inspired them to get involved in service. And some have done all of this before graduating high school. (more…)

The Power of Partnerships Can Improve Quality of Life for Everyone
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson

Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

Imagine that you are the mayor of a major U.S. city.  How would you handle the very real challenges of city life, fed by a news cycle of endless stories of poverty, crime, failing schools and infrastructure issues? (more…)

Hunger Champion Dannon Discusses Collaboration and Values in Action
Antoine Remy
Antoine Remy

Head of U.S. Food Service &
Business Development,
Danone North America

Last night I was the lucky representative of more than 1,500 colleagues here in the U.S. at Dannon and 100,000 Danoners around the world to receive Sodexo’s recognition as this year’s Hunger Champion.  We are deeply grateful for our collaboration in business and for the equally important role we play together to make the world …

Feeding the Future of New Orleans and 22 Other U.S. Cities
Pat Connolly
Pat Connolly

Global CEO,
Universities,
Sodexo

“Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything.”   — Chef José Andrés

Food is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, the sad reality for many families is that the ability to provide one of life’s basic necessities to their children is barely, if at all, feasible. While programs put into place during the school year take the strain off of parents and caretakers only about 18 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs according to the United States Department of Agriculture. (more…)

It’s Summertime and Children are Hungry
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

While most kids can look forward to a carefree summer of sun and fun, for too many children the end of the school year means they are hungry. During the academic year, 22 million kids receive free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches through their schools, relying on them as their primary source of nutrition.

It’s a shocking reality that, in the wealthiest country in the world, for many kids, their school is the most dependable source of food that they have throughout the week. During weekends, holidays and the summer when schools are closed, that reliable source of nutrition is no longer available. It becomes harder for parents to make ends meet during the summer months, when grocery expenses alone can increase by more $300 per month. And when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million kids participate in summer meal programs. That means 86% of those eligible may not have regular access to nutritious meals during the summer months. By any measure, this is unacceptable.

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Knowledge Transfer is Key to Developing Global Education Expertise
Tony Culley-Foster
Tony Culley-Foster

President and CEO

World Affairs Council-Washington, DC

In 1953, Winston Churchill said: “All the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Over the years, eminent scholars and educators have echoed Churchill’s sentiments: If you don’t know history, you are condemned by ignorance to repeat, rather than learn from, the lessons of the past. The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC …

How Sodexo is Making it Easier for Kids to Eat Healthy
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

We know how important it is for kids to eat healthy. Parents and educators strive to ensure children have access to healthy options at home and at school — but what about in their communities?

Sodexo has partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make sure we have healthy choices in all the food service facilities we oversee, including community venues where families spend their leisure time, such as aquariums, museums and zoos. (more…)

On Earth Day, Partner for a Purpose
Christy Cook
Christy Cook

Director,

Sustainability Performance

& Field Support

Sodexo North America

Each spring, we remind ourselves about the importance of the environment by celebrating Earth Day. It’s a day to focus our attention on preserving the earth by reducing human impact on it.

At Sodexo, we partner with our clients and suppliers to reduce, reuse and recycle. We look for organizations that help us create win-win situations, so that we have a smaller environmental footprint while helping those in need at the same time. (more…)

Volunteering Could Be the Missing Component to Your Workplace Success
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Giving back to our communities and to those in need makes our lives more meaningful. Not only do we encourage our kids to do community service while they’re in school, but many people spend weekends doing volunteer work, often through an organized group or a religious institution.

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Jordan Spieth’s Masters Meltdown Can Teach Us How to Handle a Bad Day at the Office
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

On Sunday, golfer Danny Willet of England earned his first Masters win at Augusta National. It was a great day for Willet, whose wife had given birth to the couple’s first child just twelve days before.

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Education is the Promise of a Future
Dan Pelino
Dan Pelino

Today’s learners must be able to think critically, recognize patterns, solve problems and communicate effectively in the workforce and society to be successful.  Sixty-three percent of education leaders state job placement as the leading success factor for higher education, though only 43% of industry leaders indicate higher education is preparing learners with the needed workforce skills.

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On Veterans Day, Honor and Appreciate Those Who Served
David Scanlan
David Scanlan

CEO,
Sodexo Government North America

As CEO of Government Services for Sodexo North American, I have the unique opportunity – and the privilege—to interact with our military personnel every day, both at client sites and within our organization. I have a deep appreciation for their mission, and I am constantly awed by their stories of bravery in the field and selfless acts of courage.

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Participating in a Year of Service Can Pay Huge Dividends for Future Career
Montelongo
Montelongo

“Every generation blames the one before, and all of their frustrations are beating on your door.”

The Living Years, Mike & the Mechanics

Idealism is the defining characteristic of youth and it has many expressions. Many young people yearn to do something meaningful to help others and to fix society’s myriad problems. The Peace Corps is an example of a successful effort aimed at channeling young Americans’ passion and energy to create positive change in our world. There are many other programs, like Teach for America and City Year, that provide the opportunity for young Americans to do service, but the U.S. has never developed a major nationwide initiative or campaign that has truly transformed how we think about national service in our country and how it can improve the quality of life for both U.S. citizens and people globally. Until now.

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Empowering Educators and Students to Lead
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Technology has rapidly increased globalization creating a worldwide system of integration the likes of which we have never seen or experienced before in history.  In the past, countries and their economies could be nearly 100% self-sufficient. But technology has now enabled ideas, products, services, people and knowledge to transfer around the world, linking economies and nations and making them both interconnected and interdependent.

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George Mason Campus Kitchen Event
GMU Campus Kitchen
GMU Campus Kitchen

Across the country, colleges and universities are teaming up with dining services and student leaders to build a more sustainable approach to food on campus.  Recently George Mason University (GMU) joined The Campus Kitchen Project, becoming the 47th college campus in the national network. GMU Student volunteers will be re-purposing leftover food from campus dining facilities and delivering it to shelters in the local community.  GMU will have the honor of serving The Campus Kitchen Project’s five millionth meal.

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A Recipe for Bringing Communities Together
Chris Weiser
Chris Weiser

Vice President,

Culinary, Sodexo North America

Why do so many of our favorite memories involve sharing a meal or a snack or a drink with family and friends? How is it that so many special occasions are punctuated with love, kinship, hospitality…and a great meal? Why do we feel the adrenaline rush when we try something new and exciting and delicious….and we love it so much we take a photograph to share with our kindred spirits across the world?

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Targeted Philanthropy Can Drive Better Business Results
George Chavel
George Chavel

Corporate brand is not just about what you do, it’s about who you are as an organization. I’ve talked before about how that brand has become a key to attracting and keeping your workforce. One of the crucial components to a company’s brand centers on the choices it makes in the world of philanthropy. It’s not just a question of sharing wealth in a responsible way, but about choosing those with whom you share it in a way that reflects the values held by your company and its employees.

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Engaging Youth Through Education & Service Can Transform Communities
Sophie L. Bernstein
Sophie L. Bernstein

Every community struggles with issues, challenges and injustices. Youth can be powerful agents for change and heal divisions within communities. A change agent is someone who uses their voice and actions to foster and create positive change. Young people have advocated for voting rights, civil rights, immigration reform and LGBT rights. Even small actions can make a difference. Youth have the energy and idealism to eradicate the injustices they see in the world. Even on a small scale youth can make a significant impact and foster positive change.

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Is Technology Moving Us Forward or Holding Us Back?
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

We love technology. We live in a digital world. On our wrists or through our fingertips, most of us are connected to a device 24/7.  Technology is present in almost every aspect of daily life.  Growing numbers of people would rather communicate over social networks, email or text than to have a face to face conversation.

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From One Student to Others: Youth Engagement, Building Awareness Keys to Fighting Hunger in Local Communities
Riya Rahman
Riya Rahman

Prior to joining the No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador program, I was not aware how widespread the issue of childhood hunger was in my community and in our country, nor was I aware of its devastating effects. I thought hunger was something that occurred in other places, to other people. But as I embarked on my Youth Ambassadorship, I quickly began to learn about and understand the negative impact hunger can have on children, families and communities. In the United States, 14.5% of families are food insecure, but in the state of Texas that number jumps to 18%, according to USDA’s Household Food Security Report. Nearly 1 in 5 Texans (4.41 million) are living in poverty. As a student at Baylor University, I was compelled to do more to address this silent epidemic.

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Ending Childhood Hunger, Starting with Los Angeles
Dana Massimiani
Dana Massimiani

Did you know that children are at risk of going hungry in Los Angeles County more than in any other county in the nation based on a report from Feeding America? According to Share Our Strength, more than 1 million children and teens in Los Angeles are eligible for subsidized meals and may be at risk of hunger, especially during the summer months. Of those, 650,000, more than half, are considered “food insecure.”

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Nourishing Young Minds and Bodies
Diane Baker-King
Diane Baker-King

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

~ Dr. Maya Angelou

It is one thing to read an article or hear a news story about hunger; however, it’s another thing to witness it firsthand.  More than 16 million children live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 1 in 7.5 people, or an estimated 755,400 people, in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. This includes more than 164,000 children! Together with the Sodexo Feeding Our Future program, the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA is working to combat childhood hunger in Atlanta by providing meals to those children most at risk of food insecurity during the summer months.

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How do you provide over 20,000 meals to a community in one summer?
Sodexo Texas Christian University Dining Services Team
Sodexo Texas Christian University Dining Services Team

Ever wonder what it takes to provide over 20,000 meals for a community in one summer? This video will give you a glimpse into how our dedicated team at Texas Christian University makes this happen:

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Summer Hunger: Hard To Forget
Bill Shore
Bill Shore

These hot summer days inevitably make me nostalgic for my childhood in Pittsburgh. For me, like most kids, summer meant lazy days playing in the sprinkler and waiting for the magic moment when my parents would suggest we go out for ice cream. But for kids like Paul, summer prompts a very different memory.

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Unity on the High Seas: The Hermione Adventure
Michel Landel
Michel Landel

CEO, Sodexo Group

The story of the Hermione, Freedom’s Frigate, is a fascinating history lesson. From her first voyage across the Atlantic in the 18th century, to her present day struggle for rebirth, it’s the story of the bond between two nations and the value of freedom that we often take for granted. To those of us in France who have followed her reconstruction over the past 20 years, it’s a story we want to share with the rest of the world.

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Engaging Communities in the Fight Against Hunger
Bob Stern
Bob Stern

President,

Sodexo Foundation and

Group General Counsel,

Sodexo

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

–Mother Teresa

One in five children is at risk of hunger in the United States—that’s 16 million children going to bed and waking up without regular access to food. Children concerned about where to find their next meal are not capable of focusing or performing well in school. While the numbers are staggering, the real issue is the impact food insecurity has on our nation’s youth. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity.

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The Power of Education
Reeta Roy
Reeta Roy

An investment in global education is in fact an investment in the power of young people. When we invest in education in Africa, we empower young people to tackle the challenges their countries face, generate solutions, mobilise others to act, address inequities, and help to reduce poverty.

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Summer is the Hungriest Time of the Year
David Scanlan
David Scanlan

CEO,
Sodexo Government North America

While most kids look forward to a summer of sun and fun, for those who rely on school meals, summer can be a time of uncertainty with regard to if and where their next meal will come from. During the school year, 21 million kids receive free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches. For many of them it’s the most dependable source of food that they have throughout the week. During weekends, holidays and the summer when schools are closed, that reliable source of nutrition is no longer available to them.  In fact, when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million actually participate in summer meal programs. That means 86% of eligible kids may not have access to regular meals during the summer months.  Simply put, this is unacceptable.

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Reflecting on the Real Meaning of Memorial Day
Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson

President,
Health Care Systems,
Sodexo North America

Calvin Johnson, Sodexo Health Care Systems President and retired U.S. Army Captain, shares his thoughts on the special meaning of Memorial Day.  In addition to the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices and honor the more than 1 million men and women who have given their lives in military service to our country so we can enjoy the liberty, justice and freedom we have today.

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Empowering Youth to Lead the Way
Alexis Glick
Alexis Glick

In the coming weeks we’ll see a new generation of youth graduate and move into higher education classrooms and the workforce.  At this nostalgic and celebratory time of year, how are we helping to ensure we’re building a healthy, high-achieving generation of youth to follow?  At GENYOUth, we view youth themselves as the solution to the current challenges of health and wellness in schools and communities – a role kids have always played in American life.

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Exploring the New Frontier in Performance
George Chavel
George Chavel

Life was very different back in 1966. War was raging in Vietnam. Rock and roll was revolutionizing music, and the U.S. was in a race with the USSR to land a man on the moon. And all of the best dressed men and women were wearing patterned pants, flowered shirts and boots. I guess some things are better left in the past!

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STEM Education to build the FM Workplace
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Jobs requiring skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are a rich source of employment opportunities and economic growth in the U.S. Nearly 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and science, and yet U.S. student achievement in both disciplines lags behind students in Asia and Europe. Many job vacancies go unfilled, particularly in facilities management (FM), and the economy is lagging as a result.

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Finding the Inspiration to Mentor Others within Myself
Mia Mends
Mia Mends

CEO,

Benefits & Rewards Services

Sodexo USA

I am a product of impactful mentoring. Throughout my career formal and informal mentors have guided me, challenged me and helped me evolve into the person I am today. Mentoring takes so many forms and whether they coached me, role modeled for me, listened to me, advised me, supported me, counseled me or just acted as a trusted resource, they all contributed to my success. In turn, I have a passion for sharing my experience and mentoring others, particularly young women.

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Mind the (Talent) Gap
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

It’s hard to avoid the topic of the talent gap; online pundits, academic think tanks and the media routinely debate the source of the problem and possible solutions. Accolo.com reports that employers are frustrated; 40% of businesses are having trouble finding qualified applicants for key positions. Worse, 55% confirmed that these talent issues were affecting their ability to meet client needs.

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Engaging America’s Youth through Career Competitions
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

Youth engagement programs help young people find their path to a promising and fulfilling career through real-world experience. They foster engagement in the community, teach unique skill sets and provide future employment opportunities. Sites like Career Kids include career awareness and exploration materials for teachers and students. About Careers is targeted at children, teens and parents, who can use the site to explore how to choose an occupation, find a job, get the skills necessary to enter the work force and learn how to develop good work habits.

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Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy: Corporate Social Responsibility Takes a Different Form
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

In the 21st century jobs-driven economy, companies are demanding a workforce armed with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, along with effective team building, communication and problem-solving ability. Business leaders, industry experts and academics must collaborate to develop a strategy that ensures the next generation of STEM-educated leaders is prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. Just like an Olympic athlete who invests years of training to prepare for an event, our talent development strategy must reach future employees long before they enter the workforce.

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The Rise of Airports as the New City Center
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford

President,

Corporate Services

Sodexo North America

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers successfully flew the first powered, manned airplane. The flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered just 121 feet. By the 1950’s commercial aviation took off. The increasing availability of affordable air travel considerably expanded aviation’s role in sustaining society. What was once a luxury commodity is now essential to tourism, trade and commerce. In fact, according to the International Air Transportation Association more than 8 million people travel by air every day.

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A Hunger to Help
Maude Meade
Maude Meade

I always talk about volunteering at the food pantry and how giving back is fun for me. I grew up in the Caribbean and as a child, my family always had food on the table, but many people in my village did not. My parents constantly gave back, feeding people and every Sunday we would have a community dinner for everyone. They always stressed to me the importance of sharing—they told me that if I have something, I should share it with those who don’t. When I moved to the United States, I carried my parent’s words with me and continued to help my community.

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Using the Power of Three to Build the STEM Pipeline — STEM Global Talent Summit
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Globalization is quickly changing the rules of how business gets done. The size and scope of a company is becoming less important – agile and innovative start-ups are changing the rules and context of business. Now the battle for talent, markets, innovations and information is global. People specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are swiftly becoming the most sought-after employees because they are in short supply and those fields are critical to the prosperity of organizations operating in the global economy.

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The Greenest Museum on the Planet: We Got This!
Richard Garcia
Richard Garcia

What does it take to partner with the ‘greenest’ museum on the planet?  To start, the California Academy of Sciences, a world-class museum and scientific institution nestled in the heart of iconic Golden Gate Park, wanted a partner well-aligned with their mission and commitment to sustainability and culinary excellence. Sodexo brings the experience of creating stellar guest experiences in cultural venues around the world, while also offering a well-rounded, visitor-focused culinary vision for their café and catering operations.

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Apply to #Get5Give5 and fight hunger in your hometown
Maria Belding
Maria Belding

I was in tears. I tried to keep myself together, especially in front of all of those people, but I was rapidly losing my composure.

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The Power of Youth: No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassadors & Sodexo Executives on Capitol Hill
Sam Read
Sam Read

Last week we had the tremendous opportunity to bring 12 of our No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassadors to Capitol Hill to talk about the impactful work they did this summer, and the results were powerful.

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Taking the Hunger Fight to Capitol Hill
Bob Stern
Bob Stern

President,

Sodexo Foundation and

Group General Counsel,

Sodexo

Sodexo Foundation and Share Our Strength have been uniting their efforts in the fight against childhood hunger in America since 2003. Sodexo is proud to be one of the first companies to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry (NKH) campaign. The Foundation’s support for the No Kid Hungry campaign right from the beginning helped Share Our Strength develop the powerful youth engagement strategy that they now are implementing throughout the nation, and it is encouraging to see the impact we have had working together, implementing solutions that break down barriers to ensure kids get the healthy food they need.

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A Healthier Future Starts Today
Justin Heaton
Justin Heaton

Northwestern Dining knows the importance of giving back to our community.  We are involved in many initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of those around us, not only on the Northwestern University campus, but also within the Evanston and Chicagoland communities.  One partnership that I work closely with is the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University. 

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Feeding the Movement: Let’s do this!
Bob Stern
Bob Stern

President,

Sodexo Foundation and

Group General Counsel,

Sodexo

The summer is moving along and we’re even more committed to our Feeding The Movement Campaign. We’re not just donating our money or volunteering our time, we’re working to motivate others. We want our efforts to be exponential, to build momentum. That’s what Feeding The Movement is all about. And it’s where you come in.

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Feeding Our Future: Coke, Sodexo Join Forces to Stop Child Hunger in Atlanta
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving…”

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Our Partnership with the USDA Means Feeding More Hungry Kids
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

Ah, summertime. Long days filled with friends, freedom, fun—and for millions of children in America, hunger.

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A Toast to Those Feeding the Movement
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

Have you ever been inspired by an eleven year old? We have. Take a moment to watch this video about a kid whose dream is not to be an astronaut or a professional athlete, but to end hunger!

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Our Dedication to Feeding the Movement
Bob Stern
Bob Stern

President,

Sodexo Foundation and

Group General Counsel,

Sodexo

What does it take to make a positive difference in the world, in your town, in someone’s life? It takes dedication, it takes caring, it takes a genuine desire for a better world—but most of all, it takes people committed to Feeding the Movement.

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