Sodexo 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.
The Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in America. In May, 2013, The Sodexo Foundation provided FRN with founding funding to hire a full-time staff and transition into a professional non-profit.
Colby students are participating in this effort by collecting 30-70 lbs. of meats, soups, legumes, roasted vegetables, rice and pasta each week for donation to the Evening Sandwich Program in Waterville. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Carla at email@example.com.
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.
Each year, Dining Services, together with Colby student volunteers, join Sodexo’s national annual efforts for local hunger relief through the Stop Hunger Program. Colby students, faculty and staff rally to donate funds and non-perishable food items for 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.