Sodexo-operated Mess Hall Wins Top Honors for Second Year

March 17, 2009

USMC Hill Award for best full service mess hall earned by Mess Hall 455, Camp Johnson

Sodexo-operated Mess Hall Wins Top Honors for Second Year

GAITHERSBURG, MD — March 17, 2009 — Sodexo-operated Mess Hall 455 Camp Johnson at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. not only serves 1,500 Marines a meal three times a day, they recently earned the highest honor for a food service operation in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). For the second time in four years Camp Johnson was named the winner of the W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award.

The W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award, established in 1971, is an annual Marine Corps-wide competition with trophies and certificates of achievement awarded to USMC installations around the globe exhibiting foodservice excellence. The 2009 award for the “Best Full Food Service Contracted Garrison Mess Hall” will be awarded to the Camp Johnson Mess Hall team of General Manager Mike Picanco and Sodexo’s food service personnel, Son’s Quality Foods and the U.S. Marines from Camp Johnson, Camp Lejeune Base Food Service, at the Joint Services Breakfast during the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago in May.

“Receiving this recognition from the Marine Corps is a high honor for the entire Sodexo team,” said Greg Verone, president of Sodexo’s Government Services division. “We strive everyday around the country to improve the quality of life for the Marines that we proudly serve. We are especially proud of the service we provide at Mess Hall 455 Camp Johnson.” 

Sodexo, North America’s leading provider of quality of life solutions through food services and facilities management,  provides services to all mess halls on USMC bases throughout  the continental United States.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 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 (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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