“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.
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.