The Sodexo Foundation Committed to Provide $20 Million in Grants and Donations to Supply Nutritious Meals to Hungry Children
Sodexo Foundation, a charitable foundation founded in 1999, is joining forces with Share Our Strength and YSA (Youth Service America) in a three-year partnership set to alleviate childhood hunger through targeted funding of summer meal programs, nationwide youth engagement activities and special grants to youth, non-profit organizations and schools.
Although it is almost inconceivable that in the United States there is such a problem, the truth is that one in four children go hungry each day. Every year 17 million children in the United States face the problem of simply not having enough nutritious food to eat. Sodexo Foundation, a long time champion of childhood welfare, has committed to donate $20 million in the form of grants and in-kind donations towards fighting childhood hunger.
In speaking of the partnership, Stephen J. Brady, President of the Sodexo Foundation, explains, “There is enough food in America to feed all children, yet millions are at-risk of suffering long-term affects on their health, education and future potential because they do not have dependable access to nutritious food. Through our partnership with these two tremendous champions for youth our opportunity to make an impact is significant. Building on our record of achievement with a combination of nationwide youth engagement, grant programs, funding for summer meals, and engaging Sodexo employees, clients and customers, we are poised to have a broader and deeper impact on fighting childhood hunger.”
- Feeding Our Future®, through which Sodexo has provided more than 2.5 million free lunches to children since 1997; www.SodexoFoundation.org
- Offering services such as training with Sodexo chefs to teach families how to cook easy, nutritious meals;
- Recognizing and rewarding students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger with Sodexo Foundation STOP Hunger Scholarships program; and,
- Volunteering thousands of hours in local food banks including the annual Sodexo Servathon.
The Sodexo Foundation is making a positive impact on the plight of hungry children, as they continue their service within the community.