Sodexo honored for charitable efforts at Children’s Village Circle of Friends Gala
May 16, 2008
Sodexo, Inc., a recognized leader in fighting hunger and the root causes of poverty in the United States and around the world, was recently honored for its contributions to the children and youth of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – based Children's Village, an organization that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 15, 2008- Sodexo was presented the organization’s annual Corporate Award by Dr. Jeremy C. Kohomban, president and CEO of The Children’s Village at its recent Circle of Friends Gala held in New York.
Sodexo has been an integral part of The Children’s Village culinary arts initiative through the efforts of local, regional and corporate team members. Sodexo assisted with the initial design of the on-site culinary facility and aided in the acquisition of affordable equipment. The company also established a culinary internship program for the youth at Children’s Village. The program provides real-life work experiences in a supportive, mentoring atmosphere that helps prepare interns for successful careers in the foodservice industry. In addition, Sodexo also organized a food drive in conjunction with Children’s Village’s Youth Services Day to benefit both the Westchester Food Patch and the organization’s runaway shelter in Valhalla.
“Sodexo has made fighting hunger and malnutrition a priority through community-centric programs like Feeding Our Future and the Heroes of Everyday Life,” said Michael Norris, COO and market president, Sodexo Corporate Services, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “In addition, by giving students development opportunities like culinary internships, it not only provides them with real-life work experiences, but also gives them a head start in developing a path to successful career.”
Founded in 1851, The Children’s Village (www.childrensvillage.org) is a charity that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.
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.