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Sodexo, Colby's food service contractor, makes feeding the hungry a corporate priority. They encourage all accounts to make arrangements with local food banks to receive unexpected overproduction due to last-minute count changes or function cancellations and make a point of rewarding outstanding individual efforts.
Sodexo sets aside the month of April as a special challenge for all accounts to organize a team effort to fight hunger in their local communities. Since 2003, our management team has joined with our other Maine accounts and the Colby Volunteer Center to organize, prepare, and serve a B-B-Q to children who participate in the Colby mentoring program for disadvantaged youths, "Colby Cares About Kids". Last year's event fed 700 area school children and their Colby student sponsors.
Many of our cooks also volunteer for "Share our Strengths--Cooking Matters" a national non-profit developed by the Restaurant Association as part of the "No Child Left Hungry" project. They lead classes in the region to help teach cooking skills that empower families at risk of hunger to cook and shop for healthy, affordable, delicious meals.
Each year, Dining Services, together with Colby student volunteers, join Sodexo's national annual efforts for local hunger relief through the Helping Hands Program. Colby students, faculty and staff rally to donate funds and non-perishable food items to the Waterville Homeless Shelter.
Dining Services also works with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on their Maine Harvest for Hunger Program which works with area farmers. That effort secures thousands of pounds of surplus produce that is then distributed to area food banks.