As the leader in Quality of Life services, Sodexo believes all children deserve access to sufficient healthy food every day so they can learn, play and thrive.
That’s why, in 1996, we created our Stop Hunger initiative and, in 1999, launched the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to ensure every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life – because no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry tomorrow.
We do this by mobilizing volunteers – including Sodexo employees, clients, customers and youth – to contribute to hunger-free communities across the United States.
One way we increase our sustainability footprint is through food recovery efforts. Sodexo is one of the largest donors of surplus perishable and non-perishable food in the world. We encourage all Sodexo accounts to donate surplus food to local charities to help feed those in need. Every year, 40% of food in the United States is wasted. Reducing food waste by 15% could feed more than 25 million people.
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is committed to ongoing food recovery efforts—collaborating with food recovery partners to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds of surplus food to food banks across the country. In addition to donating surplus perishable and non-perishable food to local hunger relief organization year-round, our food recovery and donation efforts include:
Food Recovery Verified
– The first nationally recognized food recovery verification program through Food Recovery Network
. The initiative recognizes and rewards businesses for recovering their surplus food for local non-profits and raise awareness about the benefits of food recovery. Sodexo units get a discounted rate (enter code SDXO).
EPA Food Recovery Challenge
– Pledge to improve your food management practices while competing for national recognition and awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
. Help Sodexo meet our goal as a Challenge Endorser by adding Sodexo to your participant name.
Stop Hunger Food Drive – Sodexo gives back to the communities it serves by collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for local charities during the annual Stop Hunger Food Drive that spans October and November.
WasteLESS Week – Sodexo rallies around WasteLESS Week every October to promote awareness and action around food waste and its connection to hunger.
These are only a few of the actions you can take to Stop Hunger in your community. Review our 20 Actions to End Hunger infographic for other ways to get involved: