Sodexo's Feeding Our Future® Program and State Street Serve More Than 11,000 Free Summer Lunches
August 24, 2010
The Greater Boston Food Bank and Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlestown and South Boston Partner in the Hunger Relief Effort
Boston, Mass., August 24, 2010 – Leveraging a $20,000 Feeding Our Future® grant from the Sodexo Foundation, volunteers from State Street Corporation and The Greater Boston Food Bank today celebrated serving local children more than 11,000 free lunches this summer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlestown and South Boston. Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program provides school children who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the academic year with nutritious lunches during the summer. State Street was integral to the success of the program, providing both kitchen space and employee volunteers to prepare the lunches. Volunteers will be acknowledged for their contributions to fighting hunger at the State Street Financial Center with children from the Boys & Girls Club attending.
"With nearly one in four children living in households that find it increasingly difficult to put food on the table, there are bound to be additional challenges when the school doors close for the summer," said Stephen J. Brady, president of the Sodexo Foundation. "As the leading food service provider to public schools throughout this country, we understand the needs that exist and we are determined to make a positive impact that leads to the elimination of hunger in this country."
According to The Greater Boston Food Bank, more than 125,000 children in eastern Massachusetts are at risk of going hungry on any given day, as families juggle finances associated with basic needs like food, housing, utilities and medical expenses. It is a pervasive issue, touching each of the region’s 190 cities and towns.
Nationally, an estimated 17 million U.S. children rely on school breakfast and lunch programs as their only guaranteed meals during the school year. When schools shut down for the summer, federal meal programs feed only about three million, leaving more than 13 million children at risk for hunger. To help bridge this gap, the Sodexo Foundation, the independent charitable organization of Sodexo, Inc., has provided free lunches to children through its summer feeding program, Feeding Our Future, since 1997.
The Sodexo Foundation provides grants to local Sodexo accounts to purchase food for the meals and local Sodexo employees, with the help of client volunteers, prepare the meals each day. The Feeding Our Future program is part of Sodexo’s STOP Hunger initiative. The program is funded by the Sodexo Foundation and Sodexo, Inc. pays all administrative costs of the Foundation to ensure that all money raised is directed to those in need.
In addition to Boston, Feeding Our Future will be providing more than 300,000 summer lunches in 20 other cities in the United States: Allentown, Pa., Atlanta, Ga., Buffalo, N.Y., Camden, N.J., Chicago, Ill., Denver, Colo., Detroit, Mich., Fort Worth, Texas, Honolulu, Hawaii, Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Miami, Fla., New York, N.Y., Oklahoma City, Okla., San Jose, Calif., St. Cloud, Minn., St. Louis, Mo., Terre Haute, Ind. and Washington, D.C.
For more details, please visit www.helpstophunger.org.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $13 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes more than 31 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. For more information about The Greater Boston Food Bank, visit us at www.gbfb.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at (617) 427-5200.