Hunger continues to be an issue in the U.S. with more than 50 million people at risk of
hunger, and more than 16 million of them being children. The statistics are no less severe
in the state of Rhode Island where, according to Feeding America, 21.5% of children in the
state are food insecure – that’s nearly 48,000 children who don’t always know where the
next meal will come from.
Work by Sodexo and its non-profit charitable arm, Sodexo Foundation, to fight childhood
hunger in America supports our larger focus on improving quality of life. Examples of
local impact include more than 21 Sodexo Foundation grants that have gone to Rhode
Island hunger-related organizations since 2001. Here are three recent examples of
Sodexo’s commitment to fighting childhood hunger in Rhode Island.
Sodexo’s Commitment to Fighting
Childhood Hunger in Rhode Island
Because of Sodexo’s commitment to ending childhood hunger, many of its
employees fight hunger throughout the year. In an effort to encourage this type
of ongoing community service, Servathon functions as a yearly reminder of the
need that exists. Servathon is Sodexo’s largest employee engagement initiative in
North America and around the world. Every April Sodexo encourages employees to
volunteer in community service projects that take action against hunger.
Volunteers can dedicate a few minutes, a few hours or an entire day. Last year
40,000 employees in 35 countries got involved in the fight against hunger.
Starting in 2013, Sodexo is asking employees to include youth in these service
Sodexo Backpack Food Program
Sodexo’s Backpack Food Program is one of the company’s key initiatives for
fighting childhood hunger in the communities we serve. Although the USDA’s
National School Lunch Program provides free and reduced-price meals for
students during the week, many children struggling with hunger don’t have access
to nutritious meals over weekends. Sodexo’s Backpack Food Program provides
students and their families the food they need over the course of a weekend.
Through this program, Sodexo team members in school districts fills backpacks
with nutritious foods and hand them out to participating students on Friday
afternoons. Sodexo manages and maintains weekend Backpack Food Programs in
districts nationwide, including Cranston Public Schools, Providence Public Schools
and Woonsocket Public Schools.
The recent generous donation from Sysco Boston LLC and its President Fred
Casinelli to Sodexo’s Backpack Food Program locations in those three Rhode
Island districts is a perfect example of how Sodexo and its partner organizations
can fight childhood hunger and improve the quality of life for the people we serve.
Mr. Casinelli and Sysco Boston donated an amazing 50 bulk cases of eight
different items totaling 400 actual cases of food. This huge donation, the
largest of its kind to the Sodexo Backpack Program in Rhode Island, fully stocked
the programs in all three participating school districts for a full three months!
This donation and many others like it, combined with the passion and dedication
of Sodexo’s local teams, are already making a significant impact on the students
and communities both companies serve in Rhode Island.
Sodexo Summer Feeding Programs
In addition to the Backpack Food Program, Sodexo also manages and maintains
programs to provide nutritious meals to students struggling with hunger in
summer months, including its own Feeding Our Future initiative. In Rhode Island,
Sodexo manages dozens of summer feeding programs.
Recently, six high school students from Woonsocket Public Schools went above
and beyond to support their community by helping keep the city of Woonsocket’s
summer feeding program alive. Funds to run the program were short
throughout 2012, so the city asked Sodexo to work with schools to identify
community service volunteers to help staff the program. Six students from
Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center stepped up and worked tirelessly
to keep the program running. Thanks to their direct efforts, Sodexo served more
than 9,200 nutritious meals to city children throughout the summer.
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Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act
As you may have heard, for the first time in 15 years, the USDA has made significant changes to school meals in an effort to curb childhood obesity. In December of 2010 the Healthy, Hunger-free Kid’s Act was passed into law. In January of 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final meal pattern requirements that are mandated by that law.
What does this mean for us? We want to provide you with the best possible healthy meal, so many of these “new” requirements are already in place. We offer a great selection of fruits and vegetables throughout the week. You have already seen low fat and no fat milk in our schools. You may know that all of our sandwiches are made using whole grain and whole wheat breads, and that we are serving brown rice and other whole grain items. Our menus have always been analyzed to make sure that we are in compliance with the Dietary Guidelines and USDA regulations.
Please see the following for more insight of what changes will be made:
Even as we acknowledge the achievements of the past, we focus on the future with renewed commitment to the well-being of our most precious commodity: our children.
Welcome to the all new SodexoRI.com, a website dedicated to Health, Nutrition and Community for Rhode Island. Sodexo has created this website as a tool to support student wellness.
As this website develops, we shall catalogue the many ways we have grown and prospered together. You will read about the special nutritional, social, and educational programs created as manifestations of our commitment to the children and communities we embrace as our “clients for life.”
We envision SodexoRI.com as a support for the excellent work our communities and school districts do every day to bring health, wellness and education to our state’s children. SodexoRI.com is your source for news, menus and innovation for schools in our state.
Information about programs and services offered in your city or town is available at your community’s website. Please click on the links on the left hand side of this page to learn more.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Agreement
Sodexo School Services Signs Agreement with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Sodexo is the first food service provider to sign on to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, seeks to significantly reduce childhood obesity in the United States by 2015.
“This agreement builds on Sodexo’s ongoing commitment to student well-being,” said Lorna Donatone, president of Sodexo School Services. “The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Guidelines fit perfectly alongside our efforts in nutrition education, locally sourced produce and instilling a lifelong appreciation for good nutrition.”
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