Sodexo's Feeding Our Future® Program to Provide 400,000 Nutritious Summer Meals to Children in 24 U.S. Cities
June 22, 2011
Program to ensure children have access to nutritious meals when the school doors close enters its 15th year
GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 22, 2011 – As school cafeterias in America close for the summer, Sodexo's Feeding Our Future® program, in partnership with Sodexo client accounts, vendors and hunger relief organizations across the country, today announces that it will prepare and serve 400,000 lunches this summer to children in 24 U.S. cities.
Since Feeding Our Future's inception in 1997, Sodexo has provided more than 2.5 million free summer lunches to hungry children in the U.S. This year the program expands to three new cities: Indianapolis, Ind., Norfolk, Va., and Syracuse, N.Y. In addition, partners in the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., which participated in 2008, will again team with Feeding Our Future to feed children in their community. As a result, the Sodexo Foundation expects an increase of 11 percent in total meals served this summer.
"Feeding Our Future is more than a feeding program, it's a commitment to provide an opportunity for the youth of our country to lead healthy productive lives, through proper nutrition," said Robert A. Stern, president, the Sodexo Foundation. "However, it remains a challenge because even with the existing summer food service programs, millions of children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs risk hunger or malnutrition once the school year ends."
Feeding Our Future now enters its 15th year and will provide 400,000 summer lunches in 24 cities including: Atlanta, Ga., Boston, Mass., Buffalo, N.Y., Camden, N.J., Chattanooga, Tenn., Chicago, Ill., Denver, Colo., Detroit, Mich., Fort Worth, Texas, Honolulu, Hawaii, Houston, Texas, Indianapolis, Ind., Los Angeles, Calif., Miami, Fla., New York, N.Y., Norfolk, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla., Pittsburgh, Pa., San Jose, Calif., St. Cloud, Minn., St. Louis, Mo., Syracuse, N.Y., Terre Haute, Ind. and Washington, D.C.
The Feeding Our Future program is funded by the Sodexo Foundation, the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc. Sodexo employees work closely with local hunger relief organizations who distribute the meals to children at feeding sites. This resourceful program donates food and labor necessary to provide summer lunches to children who would otherwise go hungry.
More than 50 million people, including 17 million children, are at risk of hunger in the United States. The Sodexo Foundation supports innovative programs to help children and families in the United States who are at-risk of hunger. To make a contribution to the fight against hunger or for more information, please visit www.sodexofoundation.org.
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