One Humana café is on a mission – to feed the community.
The Sodexo-operated cafe, known as the Winner's Circle in Louisville's Humana Unity Building (HUB), is following the "Better Tomorrow Plan" aimed at helping sustainability within communities.
Recently, Sodexo (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) partnered with the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville to donate extra and/or expiring food items, helping eliminate waste and help feed the hungry. Twice a week, Sodexo chefs package the unsold food items and/or expiring food items at the end of the day for a Dare to Care food representative who picks it up and serves it to a Dare to Care food center that evening. Any items that are not appropriate to serve are given to a local farmer for compost.
In addition to these items, Sodexo also provides coffee and hot water for Dare to Care food bank recipients waiting in line during the winter – where some recipients wait in line for hours in the cold before the food bank opens.
"We try to support sustainability as much as possible from recycling to using local products to donating local foods so nothing hits landfills, unless it's biodegradable or we can't give it to someone else," said Scott Bieber, Sodexo National Client Executive Chef at Humana.
Scott said while the Winner's Circle is the only Humana food service location donating food right now, Sodexo hopes to implement this process at other locations throughout Humana soon.