Sodexo Serves Up a Classic Sandwich for a New Cause

April 17, 2008

College Students in Southeast encouraged to choose peanut butter and jelly to help save the earth; creative options offered.

Sodexo Serves Up a Classic Sandwich for a New Cause

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 17, 2008 — Students in dining halls on 80 college campuses served by Sodexo in the Southeast region are being asked  to make a simple choice this April 22 - Earth Day: Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a hamburger for a simple reason: one sandwich can save 133 gallons of water and 24 square feet of land over a burger, and each one served will save 2.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the same benefit as driving a hybrid car for half a day. Sodexo chefs are using their culinary creativity to offer tempting new twists on the classic sandwich.

“Our PB&J Campaign offers students the unique blend of Sodexo’s culinary expertise, and our leadership in programs that contribute to a healthier planet,” said Rick Brockland, market president and COO for Sodexo. “We know students on the campuses we serve want to do the right thing for the environment, and at the same time, they want healthy, innovative and fun meal choices. This campaign gives them both.”

Sodexo chefs have stepped up to the cutting board with an array of gourmet peanut butter and jelly recipes to tempt students to make the eco-friendly choice. Menu items for Earth Day include: Fluffernutter PB&J Club Sandwich; Grilled PB&J; Thai Peanut-Sauce Noodles, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. Participating campuses include Emory University, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina and University of Louisville. Dining Hall managers will record and post the results for customers on Earth Day on orders of hamburgers versus grilled PB&J. Sixty-four percent of the country’s peanuts are grown in this southeast region of the U.S.  Sodexo sources from local producers whenever and wherever possible.

Eating a plant-based meal can have a big impact since several pounds of corn and soy feed go into producing one pound of beef, eggs or milk. The water it takes to produce one hamburger could yield peanuts for about 17 sandwiches. The land it takes to produce one burger could produce peanuts for 19 sandwiches, according to Bernard Brown, founder of the PB&J Campaign, a group of private citizens concerned with the environment, a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs. PB & J Day is a program run by Sodexo and created in partnership with the PB&J Campaign.

PB&J Day is part of Sodexo’s campaign to ask its customers to do simple things that add up to big environmental savings. The company also recently announced programs to save water with a new dishwashing system and substantial results from its program to use recycled napkins, among many other programs.

Sodexo's corporate citizenship priorities include fighting hunger and malnutrition, improving the quality of life of our customers and employees, promoting health and wellness, conducting ethical business, and promoting sustainability. Sodexo's food and environmental platform in North America focuses on sourcing and providing locally grown foods, improving nutrition, promoting local economies, energy conservation and carbon reduction, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, integrated waste management and minimizing packaging.

About Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexo.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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