GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Research shows that simply exposing children to fruits and vegetables increases consumption and students at Sodexo-served Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District in Cottonwood, Ariz. are benefiting from a plentiful fruit and vegetable bar, available to all students.
Both Sodexo and Cottonwood-Oak Creek understand that good nutrition is a key factor for classroom success and the free and unlimited fruit and vegetable bar is an innovative step to ensure that all students get the fuel they need to succeed. The daily fruit and vegetable bar is part of Sodexo's entirely new menu and dining program in the district focused on offering students more choices of fresh and healthy meals, including locally-sourced fruits and vegetables when available.
In addition to revamping the student dining menu in the district, Sodexo is improving foodservice equipment and the overall look of the dining spaces by creating a fun and exciting cafeteria atmosphere with bright colors.
Sodexo's commitment to the Verde Valley community extends beyond the walls of the schools it serves. A new backpack weekend feeding program set to launch on Friday, October 22 will provide nutritious weekend meals for elementary school students who might otherwise go without.
"Sodexo is much more than the district's student nutrition provider," said Robert Dreger, district manager for Sodexo. "We are a strategic partner dedicated to promoting student well-being and creating a healthy and fun environment for learning."
Sodexo is observing National School Lunch Week, Oct. 11 to 15 by highlighting innovative programs in the 480 school districts it serves. Sodexo is committed to take measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. Sodexo School Services focuses on nutrition, achievement, environment, community and activity to promote student well-being.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $13 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.
Key Figures (as of August 31, 2009)
Sodexo in the World
Sodexo in North America
14.7 billion euro consolidated revenue
50 million consumers served daily
22nd largest employer worldwide
7.7 billion dollars revenue
10 million consumers served daily
700 facilities management sites
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