As the effects of the pandemic are still being felt across the country, Sodexo and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation continues to be a strong partner in the fight against hunger.
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation makes it their mission to ensure that people have access to healthy food choices, especially children. Sodexo believes that with healthier food options, children will be able to live a healthier lifestyle not only physically but when it comes to learning, playing, and expressing themselves as well. They are active in recognizing the hunger that children face on a daily basis and also aid in fighting for new policies to ensure no child is left hungry.
In the past two years, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has awarded Move For Hunger two grants - $25,000 in 2019 and $50,000 in 2020. Those funds alone have helped provide 190,000 meals, but Sodexo didn’t stop there. Several of their employees went out this spring and signed up for our Front Porch Food Drive as part of the Sodexo Servathon.
"Servathon is Sodexo’s largest global Stop Hunger event,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director of the Stop Hunger Foundation. “Every April and May Sodexo empowers its employees around the world to join forces, engage their teams, and fight hunger in their local communities. Our mission is to strive for zero hunger but achieving that laudable goal requires action on numerous fronts, as well as the creation of strategic partnerships like the one between the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Move For Hunger.”
The Front Porch Food Drive is one of our most effective food drives because it makes it incredibly easy for people to donate food. Move For Hunger provides almost all of the supplies and materials the food drive organizer needs to distribute food collection bags in their neighborhood. The organizer distributes the bags early in the week and then goes back a few days (or a week) later to collect the food right from the front porch.
Moore continued, “The success of the front porch food drives are a consequence of breakthrough thinking that happened as a result of unlikely allies working together to take advantage of expertise and assets that helped leapfrog results and expand impact beyond traditional approaches to food drives."
During Servathon, multiple Sodexo employees hit the streets to collect unused, non-perishable food from their neighbors. From New York to California and several stops in between, the employees combined to collect 6,700 lbs of food which is the equivalent of 5,500 meals. The food was transported to the local food bank in each area.
Across the country, donated food remains in high demand as 42 million Americans are considered food insecure including 1 in 6 kids. The number of food-insecure people in the United State was slowly decreasing before 2020, but the pandemic saw that number jump up by 5 million people.
We couldn’t be more thankful to Sodexo and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation for their support over the past few years. Together, we *can* stop hunger one meal at a time.