Sodexo Team at Loyola Marymount University and Mar Vista Family Center Celebrate Success of Annual Summer Feeding Program
August 08, 2012
Feeding Our Future® provides thousands of free summer lunches to food-insecure youth in Los Angeles area
LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2012 – Sodexo today celebrates Feeding Our Future®, an annual summer program that provided 12,000 free meals to local youth this year. Volunteers from Sodexo at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and West Side Food Bank joined with area participants to celebrate the program’s success with an end-of-summer picnic hosted at Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City.
Over the past 14 years, Sodexo’s Feeding Our Future® program has provided nearly 166,000 summer lunches to youth from low-income households in Los Angeles who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the school year. The program now operates in 24 cities in the United States and is made possible in Los Angeles by a grant from Sodexo Foundation, the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., and volunteer support from Sodexo employees at Loyola Marymount University. Together with the West Side Food Bank and the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club, they donate the food, space and labor necessary to provide summer lunches to local youth who lack dependable access to nutritious meals.
Childhood hunger continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 16.2 million children in America struggle with hunger. A 2010 study conducted by Feeding America, a national hunger-relief charity, found that nearly 27% or 644,000 children are living with hunger in the Los Angeles area. The resulting impact of that hunger frequently includes health issues, poor academic performance, and limited future employment opportunities.
“There is one simple thing that any of us can do to offer our children a leg up in the world. Feed them,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “Feeding Our Future does just that, helping to fill the gap of the 19 million U.S. children not reached by other supplemental nutrition programs during the summer months.”
This summer, Feeding Our Future will provide 400,000 summer lunches to youth in Atlanta, Boston,
Buffalo, N.Y., Camden, N.J., Chattanooga, Tenn., Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Texas, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Va., Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Calif., St. Cloud, Minn., St. Louis, Syracuse, N.Y., Terre Haute, Ind. and Washington.
Programs like Feeding Our Future exemplify the positive contributions that large corporations are making in support of local communities. Working in collaboration with Sodexo are 26 of its vendor partners, including The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Sysco and The Schwan Food Company. Together they are providing more than $103,000 in funds which allows Sodexo Foundation to implement these essential supplemental nutrition programs in cities nationwide. Thanks to these efforts, by the end of this summer Feeding Our Future will have provided more than 3 million free summer lunches to children since the program began in 1997.
To make a contribution to the fight against hunger or for more information, please visit www.sodexofoundation.org.
About The Schwan Food Company
THE SCHWAN FOOD COMPANY is a privately held, multibillion-dollar business that manufactures and markets fine frozen foods through home-delivery, retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony's®, and Freschetta® pizza, Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts and Schwan's® fine frozen foods. Based in Minnesota for 60 years, the company's subsidiaries employ about 16,000 people in the United States. To learn more about Schwan, visit us at www.theschwanfoodcompany.com on the World Wide Web.
About Sodexo's Fight Against Hunger
Sodexo Inc. and Sodexo Foundation work to help end hunger in the United States. Sodexo Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to end childhood hunger. The 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. Sodexo Foundation cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships with regional and national hunger-relief entities and youth mobilization organizations-all part of Sodexo's STOP Hunger Initiative, its global program to end hunger and malnutrition in the communities where it operates. Sodexo is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. and funds all administrative costs for Sodexo Foundation, which since 1999 has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger. Visit www.SodexoFoundation.org for more information.
Sodexo's STOP Hunger Programs and Impact to Date (as of June 2012)
Sodexo Foundation....................................Distributed more than $17 million in grants
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship...Gave $353,000 in scholarships & matching grants
Heroes of Everyday Life®............................Awarded $478,000 to employees' hunger charities
Feeding Our Future®..................................Funded more than 2.9 million summer meals
Sodexo Servathon......................................Mobilized 125,000 employees to fight hunger
Backpack Food Program...............................Funded 70 programs; providing 2 million meals