Sodexo Employees Collect More than 3,300 Boxes of Cereal for Manna Food Center

September 16, 2008

Annual drive breaks its own record with donations that provide six weeks of breakfasts for Montgomery County children who face hunger

Sodexo Employees Collect More than 3,300 Boxes of Cereal for Manna Food Center

Gaithersburg, MD – September 16, 2008 – Employees of Gaithersburg-based Sodexo, Inc. collected 3,305 boxes of cereal and non-perishable milk for Montgomery County children at risk of hunger in the company’s annual ‘Back-to-School Cereal Drive,’ an initiative of the Sodexo Foundation.  Donations were enough to fill 36,505 bowls of cereal and 678 glasses of milk, given to the Manna Food Center in Rockville.

“12.6 million children are at risk of hunger in the U.S.; 305,500 in Maryland and Washington, DC,” said Stephen J. Brady, president of the Sodexo Foundation. “As they head back to school, it’s especially important they get the proper nutrition. Our annual Cereal Drive is intended to draw attention to this as well as to help alleviate the impact hunger has on Montgomery County children.”

The Cereal Drive took place in Sodexo’s Gaithersburg headquarters building. 570 employees participated over two weeks to achieve the record-breaking results.

Ending hunger and malnutrition is one of the key elements of Sodexo’s corporate citizenship commitment. The Sodexo Foundation and the company’s STOP Hunger programs are nationwide. Since 1999, more than $9.2 million in grants has been given by the Foundation to organizations like Manna Food Center.

“We are so grateful for Sodexo’s commitment every day in the fight against hunger but especially this year when the need is greater than ever before,” said Amy Gabala, executive director of Manna Food Center. “Manna has been serving more meals than in prior years, and found themselves critically short of breakfast foods as the summer vacation came to an end.”

“We turned to Sodexo truly in an hour of need and once again, they came through with flying colors, allowing 800 families to send their children to school with breakfast that they would otherwise have not had,” added Gabala.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo, Inc. serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation (www.helpstophunger.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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