Sodexo Employees Recognized for Volunteer Efforts to Fight Hunger in Local Communities

June 15, 2015

Heroes of Everyday Life award recipients select five nonprofits fighting hunger to receive Sodexo Foundation grants totaling $25,000

Sodexo Employees Recognized for Volunteer Efforts to Fight Hunger in Local Communities

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 15, 2015Sodexo Foundation announced awards for the 2015 Heroes of Everyday Life today, recognizing the volunteer efforts of five Sodexo employees who work to end hunger in their local communities. The nonprofit charitable arm of Sodexo honored recipients at the 16th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Bethesda, Md. and presented each with a $5,000 grant for for the hunger-relief charity of their choice.

Year round, Sodexo employees throughout the country invest their time, talent, and resources to provide the nearly 50 million people at-risk of hunger in the U.S. with healthy, nutritious meals. Collectively they raise awareness, hold fundraisers, coordinate food drives, volunteer in soup kitchens, support food recovery programs and more.

“More than 120,000 Sodexo employees across the United States are often on the frontlines in the fight against hunger,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “On any given day they see first-hand the 1 in 5 children who may be at-risk of hunger, families who struggle to provide the next meal and individuals with little or no resources of any kind. The degree to which these employees embody such a genuine spirit of service makes them heroes in our eyes.”

The 2015 Sodexo Foundation Heroes of Everyday Life are:

Tina Blake, Myerstown, Pa.
Sodexo General Manager, StoneRidge Retirement Living
Tina is a team captain helping to feed 100 guests a month at the Opportunity House, an organization that supports those who have difficulty living by themselves. She has prepared and served approximately 8,400 meals to date. She is an active volunteer at local food pantries during the holidays and she has chaired events that support anti-hunger organizations. Tina will present the $5,000 grant she was awarded to IHartHarvest, Inc.

Amy Botticello, Arlington, Va.
Sodexo Marketing Assistant, Marymount University
Inspired by her brother’s struggle with homelessness and a passion for health and wellness, Amy started fighting hunger in 2005 by making healthy snacks for the Homeless Bagged Meals Program. Today, she manages St. Michael’s Episcopal Church’s meal program, where they make dinners for 90 homeless individuals weekly. To date, she has helped provide nearly 45,000 meals. Amy will present the $5,000 grant she was awarded to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Inc.

Lisabeth Kurylo, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Sodexo Bakery Supervisor, Aberdeen Proving Ground Commissary
Lisabeth fights hunger by recovering surplus food from her unit and by visiting local supermarkets to pick up surplus food. She donates roughly 30 pounds every week and, once a month, without exception, she prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner for people at the shelter. Over the last four years, Lisabeth has served more than 4,000 meals. She will present the $5,000 grant she was awarded to Welcome One Emergency Shelter.

Stephanie Mullen, Baltimore, Md.
Sodexo Baker, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
In 2001, Stephanie opened a food pantry at her church, where she collects and distributes food, clothes and school supplies for needy children and families. The pantry is still open three days a week for all community members in need. She also spent the last 15 years helping to feed eight to 10 families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas, providing roughly 1,200 holiday dinners to date. Go to the Kedesh House of Prayer on any given Sunday and you will find Stephanie and her dedicated group of volunteers cooking up meals for anyone who walks through the door, typically feeding 50 people on average each week. Stephanie will present the $5,000 grant she was awarded to Kedesh House of Prayer.

Nick Rapitis, Jr., Lorain, Oh.
Sodexo General Manager, Mercy Regional Medical Center
Nick has volunteered at the Lorain County Second Harvest Food Bank for the last 12 years. In that time, he led a food drive initiative that provided more than 5,000 meals for those in need in Lorain County and raised more than $5,000 for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. Nick’s efforts prevented the Lorain County Salvation Army from closing during the holidays. In addition, three times each year he leads hospital-wide food drives, recruiting fellow Sodexo employees to donate and participate. Nick will present the $5,000 grant he was awarded to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

Two new award recognition categories were introduced by Sodexo Foundation this year, “Starting Small, Dreaming Big” and “Honorable Mentions,” which together provided another $10,000 to local nonprofits fighting hunger. View the full list honorees at Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Visit Sodexo Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA.

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Sodexo, Inc., the leading Quality of Life services provider in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. and funds all administrative costs for the independent and charitable Sodexo Foundation -- granting more than $25 million since 1999 to end childhood hunger in America.

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