Sodexo Foundation Honors Atlanta-Area Volunteer Fighting Hunger in the Local Community
May 30, 2013
Assurant Atlanta Café cook, Alvin O. Jackson, earns recognition for extensive work fighting hunger among homeless children and families
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 29, 2013 — Sodexo Foundation announced today that Sodexo employee Alvin O. Jackson, a cook at Assurant Atlanta Café, has been named a 2013 Hero of Everyday Life for his eight years of work fighting hunger in the local community. In honor of his volunteer service, Jackson will receive a $5,000 grant presented in his name to the hunger-related charity of his choice, No Nonsense Ministries. In addition, the Austell, Ga. resident and one guest will receive a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where Jackson is to be formally recognized for his efforts on June 6th at the 14th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner.
Nationally, hunger continues to affect more than 50 million people – 16 million of them being children. In the Atlanta area nearly 24 percent of children are considered “food-insecure” according to the most recent figures from Feeding America. Jackson has worked to reduce these numbers by providing meals to the area’s most vulnerable. After four years of volunteering weekly with Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church’s meal program, he and his wife founded their own non-profit, No Nonsense Ministries, which serves homeless men, women and children. Since 2006 Alvin has prepared and served meals to almost 70,000 people in need.
“Volunteer efforts like these are essential in helping to improve quality of life for those in our communities – particularly at this time of year,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “According to a recent survey, 43 percent of low-income families already struggling to put a meal on the table are faced with food budgets that can increase by an estimated $300 per month when school lets out.”
Understanding that programs with impact require collaboration, Alvin managed to successfully recruit Sodexo employees, clients and customers to his cause. Together they provide meals, while also collecting and distributing clothes, footwear, bedding and other critical supplies to the homeless in their community.
“We can do better, if we can just get out and get in touch with the community more than we are doing,” said Jackson. “The question is how can we do more? How can we reach more kids?”
Sodexo employees who invest their time, talent, and service spirit in helping those at-risk of hunger in the United States are recognized annually by Sodexo Foundation as Heroes of Everyday Life. Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated impact, level of positive influence on local communities, the number of people affected, ability to engage others in the fight against hunger and, the degree of innovation and educational value. To date, Sodexo Foundation has awarded 108 honorees with grants for their hunger-related charities totaling $508,000. See the full list of 2013 Sodexo Heroes of Everyday Life at www.SodexoFoundation.org.
As the leading provider of Quality of Life services, fighting hunger is the focus of Sodexo’s community service efforts. It also supports our Better Tomorrow commitments and STOP Hunger program, which mobilizes entire Sodexo communities, including employees, consumers, clients, and suppliers to help end hunger.
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