Sodexo Eases College Move-In Day for Parents and Students With Fill My Fridge Events

August 17, 2011

Families can enjoy the rite of passage instead of driving off campus for supplies

Sodexo Eases College Move-In Day for Parents and Students With Fill My Fridge Events

Gaithersburg, Md., August 17, 2011 – During college move-in day, parents at Sodexo-served campuses will be able to shop for their students' favorite items from nutritious snacks to thirst quenching beverages without having to leave campus. Sodexo is offering its second Fill My Fridge™ event at more than half of the 650 campuses it serves from Hawaii to New England. The welcoming event for parents and students will also include music and information kiosks.

"Move-in day can be chaotic and filled with mixed emotions," said Tom Post, president Sodexo Education – Campus. "Sodexo is offering Fill My Fridge™ events for the second consecutive year because it creates the kind of exceptional experience that makes move-in day a lot easier for parents and students alike." Post came up with the idea after experiencing a frustrating move-in day with his son, followed by an hour’s drive to a box store to get dorm-fridge supplies.

During resident hall move-in day, Sodexo will set up an area where parents can purchase goods to stock their students' small refrigerators with dry goods, refrigerated goods, and beverages. Families can enjoy music and get a complimentary bottle of water or snack as they prepare to say farewell. Parents can also pre-order items to save even more time. Sodexo will have those items packaged and ready for pick up when parents arrive on campus. Visit the Sodexo-sponsored dining website on campus for more details about the program or visit https://www.fillupmyfridge.com/ for details. Items are on sale throughout the academic year through the website, making it easy for parents to restock the refrigerator from afar.

Sodexo researched favorite resident-hall food of 18-to 24-year-old students and worked with suppliers, which included engaging local farmers and produce companies to provide local fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and bread. Sodexo is working closely with its vendor partners to help stock the fridges in residents halls.

Partners Pepsi and Coke will both offer contests for campuses that host a Fill My Fridge™ event, including a grand prize of $4,000 in the Fix Up My Room contest from Coca-Cola and a Text to Win contest from PepsiCo.

About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2010)

Sodexo in the World 
15.3 billion euro consolidated revenue
380,000 employees
34,000 sites
50 million consumers served daily
80 countries
21st largest employer worldwide

Sodexo in North America
8.0 billion dollars revenue
120,000 employees
10 million consumers served daily
6,000 clients
700 facilities management sites

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