Originally Published by Sodexo.
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced that it will offer grants totaling $40,000 to The Capital Area Food Bank and to Manna Food Center (Manna), two not-for-profit organizations. The grants will support efforts by those organizations to make nutritious food accessible to those in need. Due to the partial government shutdown, more families needed food assistance and food banks, nonprofits and community leaders were attempting to fill the gap.
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is proud to join forces with two long-standing partners and community-rooted organizations. The Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization serving the Washington metropolitan region, will receive $ 30,000 to help families build brighter futures through healthy food. Manna, the largest food assistance organization in Montgomery County, MD, will receive $ 10,000 to support its efforts to unleash the power of community connections and justice-minded initiatives.
“Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation carefully selects not-for-profit organizations that embrace its mission of helping those in need. The Capital Area Food Bank and Manna are trusted partners with a long and successful track record in making healthy food accessible to communities at risk of hunger,” said Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Chair and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sodexo North America.
The Capital Area Food Bank provides meals to nearly half a million residents of the Washington metro area by supplying food to a network of 450 nonprofit food assistance partners, including Manna, and through direct food distribution programs. It is committed to responding to the needs of the community through food distribution, and by partnering with others to provide essential services that can help build paths towards long term food security. The effect of the furlough on our community has been profound, and its impacts are ongoing,” said Radha Muthiah, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. “As we continue to provide elevated levels of assistance, we couldn’t be more thankful for the support of companies like Sodexo. Their generosity is helping to swiftly supply the food so critically needed by individuals and families in our region, both in the immediate term and during the weeks and months ahead.”
Manna Food Center has been fighting hunger for 35 years through food distribution, education and advocacy. “Sodexo’s continued support for Manna’s work is critical as residents turn to us, as well as other agencies for help,” said Jackie DeCarlo, chief executive officer for Manna Food Center. “We stand ready to meet the needs of all in our community. We want to make sure current simmering concerns with food do not boil over into crises for individuals and families. This generous donation positions Manna to mobilize quickly and maintain high quality services for all hungry neighbors.”
Sodexo Stop Hunger 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. Visit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA.