NEW ORLEANS, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, Sodexo's Dining Services team at Tulane University is providing free and nutritious meals to children at six New Orleans community centers through Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program. The program, which kicked off Monday, will provide 300 meals every weekday through August 4 to children who are at risk of hunger during the summer months.
Each morning during the program, Sodexo's Tulane Dining Services team will work with campus volunteer groups of six to eight people to prepare the meals for the day. Meal preparation consists of assembling and wrapping sandwiches and sorting fruit, cookies or chips, and water for each of the six locations. The meals will be delivered by Tulane Shuttles & Transportation to Behrman Recreation Center, St Bernard Recreation Center, Lyons Recreation Center, Milne Recreation Center, Gernon Brown Recreation Center and Treme Recreation Center.
"This program is important to us because it has become a campus-wide initiative, which will only grow," said Bill Hudlow, Sodexo Operations Director at Tulane University. "Tulane University and our suppliers have all engaged with us to help support this community project and we look forward to an even bigger commitment in the future."
Last year, Sodexo's Tulane Dining Services team led the launch of the Feeding Our Future program in New Orleans, in collaboration with the city of New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. More than 23 percent of children in the greater New Orleans area are at risk of hunger; with 140,000 kids living in low-income households who are uncertain where their next meal will come from. Providing food at these community centers allows children who may not have access to summer camps and USDA meals to have a place to eat.
Sodexo created Feeding Our Future over 20 years ago to help provide meals for children during the summertime. Initially founded as a small 12-week summer feeding program in 3 cities, it has expanded to 23 cities across the U.S. and 9 locations in Canada, providing over 6.4 million meals for children. The program has continued to expand, allowing more and more children access to free nutritious meals.
Sodexo in North America
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed more than $29 million since 1999 to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.
Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.
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