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…)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving…”
Ah, summertime. Long days filled with friends, freedom, fun—and for millions of children in America, hunger.
Servathon brings out the best in all of us and reminds us that we contribute so much more than our everyday job. The service spirit that drives us to do our jobs well is the same spirit that can affect positive change in our communities.
Sodexo was honored to receive the inaugural “Vision Award” from The Campus Kitchens Project at the annual Food Waste and Hunger Summit on April 7. If you’re not familiar with this nonprofit organization, they’re really a leader engaging youth across the country to fight hunger in their communities. Their mission is to share high school and college on-campus kitchen space, recover surplus food from cafeterias and engage student volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to millions in need.
I have always hated seeing good food go to waste. If I am with a friend who cannot finish their meal, I will ask if I may finish the meal myself. Strange behavior to say the least, but I’m motivated by the thought of perfectly delicious food going to waste in some landfill while kids nearby are going to bed hungry.
Volunteering is my passion and something that everyone can do. Just imagine what we could accomplish if we all gave just a little time. WOW! How exciting it would be.
America is the most prosperous nation in the world, and still one in five young people are at risk of hunger. That is why at Sodexo we focus our community service efforts towards finding solutions for this crisis – and believe that young people can stand together with us in leading the way to a better tomorrow.