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Sodexo: University Dining Teams Partner to Give Back and Address Hunger on College Campuses

Sodexo's work to fight hunger follows the entire student journey from primary to higher education.

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Every holiday season, Sodexo dining teams across more than 650 university locations extend their service spirit to students in need. Here are six great examples of partnerships with students, faculty and University leadership that are making an impact beyond the classroom.


Annually, the Creighton University Dining team looks for ways to meet the needs of hungry students. One of Creighton Dining's anti-hunger initiatives includes tasking students with assembling grocery bags, containing enough non-perishables for five meals, for college students facing hunger. Additionally, Creighton Dining has collected $295 in donations from students, which the dining team will match at the end of the month, to fund and fill the University's food pantry, the Creighton Cupboard.

Similar to the Creighton Cupboard, New Mexico State University (NMSU) operates the Aggie Cupboard, a free service for NMSU students and staff in need. This holiday season, New Mexico State University asks community members to donate reusable shopping bags filled with healthy and nutritious non-perishable items to feed those who are food insecure during the holiday season.

Sodexo at the University of Tulsa is always active in the fight against hunger. Since the spring of 2018, the team has encouraged students to donate meals from their dining plans for food insecure students. To date, approximately 100 meals have been donated.

Much like Sodexo at University of Tulsa, the University of Denver Dining team is addressing food insecurity on campus through its Swipe Out Hunger program, a nationwide initiative aimed at ending hunger on college campuses. The team collects meal plan donations from students and adds the donated plans to cards of students who have been identified by the University. The gifted plans are then ready to be used at the start of the new school year.

The Greyhound Meal Exchange at Eastern New Mexico State University is another great example of the team's partnership with the University. The program combines donated meals from student meal plans and monetary donations from faculty to support food insecure students on campus. With an $8 donation, the program can provide one meal to a student, anonymously. To date, the program has generated $3,040 in donations.

George Mason University is also active in the fight against student hunger through initiatives including the dining team's Thanksgiving Back event, where students packed 200 non-perishable lunches and donated $1 each to the student-run pantry, the Patriot Pantry.

In 1996, Sodexo created Stop Hunger, an employee led effort to reduce food insecurity throughout the nation and in 1999, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation was created 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's work to fight hunger follows the entire student journey from primary to higher education, and as part of the organization's promise to improve Quality of Life, Sodexo works closely with its university partners to make college students' next meal the least of their worries.

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Sodexo Names Showcase Senior Living Communities, Invests in Projects to Benefit Residents

Sodexo helps seniors live their best lives today and every day.

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Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to quality of life, named 11 senior living communities as Showcase Communities for this year. The designation represents the best partnerships based on shared values and commitment to enhance the daily lives of residents.

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Fleet of Delivery Robots on a University Campus Launched by Sodexo and Starship Technologies

First robot delivery service integrated with student meal plans debuts at George Mason University.

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Sodexo, Inc. and Starship Technologies announced the launch of robot food delivery services at George Mason University's Fairfax, VA campus. Mason's 40,000 students, faculty and staff can access the Starship Deliveries app (iOS and Android) to order food and drinks to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes. Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin' and 2nd Stop, a Sodexo-branded campus grocery store, are the first retailers to participate, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Each on-demand delivery costs just $1.99.

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Sodexo: Face Your Fears to Find New Opportunities, Passion in Your Career

Breaking down cooking to step-by-step instructions can empower individuals to prepare meals using fresh, whole ingredients.

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My name is Ki Keys, and I am a NYC Sodexo Dietetic Intern. I am based at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Hospital (HMMS), located in Montclair, NJ and have the best commute among my DI cohort. It's less than 10 minutes door-to-door!

As a longtime resident of Montclair, it's rewarding to be helping my neighbors as they face various health conditions.

To date, I have encountered patients with cardiovascular, renal, diabetic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, bariatric, and pancreatic disorders. I have also worked with those who have more severe complications requiring tube feeding, parenteral nutrition, and mechanical ventilation. It's remarkable how far I have come in three short months.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I entered the clinical rotations with great trepidation, but I learned that I really enjoy meeting new patients, learning about their challenges, and providing information about how nutrition impacts their conditions. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying my rotations, especially the advanced one. Diseases requiring inventive solutions that demand complex feeding calculations and beckon me to crank away at the calculator are very exciting!

Do you know what's even more exciting? Transforming food ingredients into a delicious and nutritious dish. As a part of my hospital's monthly community nutrition event "Harvesting Fall Flavors," I had an opportunity to create turkey spring rolls using leftover turkey, complete with a cranberry dipping sauce, repurposed leftover condiment spiced with hot chili oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar. An appetizer made of roasted sweet potato disks topped with ricotta cheese, roasted pecans and fall spices was also served, and dark chocolate bites rounded out the menu for dessert.

I believe live demonstrations are a great way to foster healthy cooking and eating. Breaking down cooking to step-by-step instructions can empower individuals to prepare meals using fresh, whole ingredients. I've encountered countless patients who fear cooking because they see it as daunting and unconquerable. I look forward to continuing to share my love of food and cooking with as many patients who are willing to listen.

EPA Recognizes Sodexo for Food Recovery Achievements

Sodexo was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its food recovery achievements during the 2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge.

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Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its food recovery achievements during the 2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge. In honor of the company's ongoing commitment toward food waste prevention, Sodexo was named as the EPA's national Endorser of the Year.

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Peta2 Recognizes Sodexo at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for Vegan Cuisine

Sodexo at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa receives an A+ on Peta2's 2018 Vegan Report Card.

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Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, was recognized by Peta2, the largest youth animal rights group in the world, with an A+ on Peta2's 2018 Vegan Report Card. Sodexo at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was also listed on Peta2's "Dean's List," an elite group of institutions that have accrued enough Vegan Report Card points to rank among the highest tier of A-rated schools.

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