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Providing Food to our Hungry Neighbors

By ChloƩ Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Last week Sodexo employees in the Chicagoland area decided to take action in their community by volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, myself included! In attendance were Senior Recruiters, Human Resources Representatives, Frontline employees, District Managers and General Managers from some of our local accounts like Toyota Park and Shed Aquarium. 

Upon arriving at their Geneva center, we had a quick orientation to the organization’s mission and our day’s work. According to their statistics, one hour of volunteering creates 108 meals for those in need. No wonder why they were thrilled to see the large turn out from our company for Servathon!   

This video about Hungry Kate had a tremendous impact on me.  Knowing that 1 in 5 kids that faces hunger across northern Illinois made me think about the luxury cup of coffee I bought on the way out there.  What if I donated that five dollars instead?

We were split into groups and charged with inspecting, sorting and packing food donations from manufacturers, grocers and corporations.  Whatever we could accomplish that afternoon, would get distributed to the shelters and pantries spread over the 13 counties they served. For more than three hours my hands were full, ensuring my neighbors would have some essentials in their households.

I’m happy to report that as a group the Sodexo team packed 9,300 pounds of food which provided 7,750 meals for hungry families.  We also inspected and packed 256 cases of bread!

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