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Sodexo Canada Celebrates Donating its One Millionth Meal

20 August 2013

Feeding Our Future program helps feed underprivileged children across Canada.

 

Burlington, Ontario, August 20, 2013 –Sodexo Canada is pleased to announce it made its 1-millionth lunch for underprivileged children today at Trinity College in Toronto as part of its national Feeding Our Future program. Started 13 years ago, the summer lunch program partners with community hunger relief organizations across Canada to provide free summer lunches to children in need.

“Our Foundation identified a need for kids’ lunches during the summer time and a hardworking team of Sodexo employees, volunteers and business partners have developed a program that is making a difference,” says Dean Johnson, President of Sodexo Canada. “Feeding Our Future is all about giving back to the communities where our employees live and work and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve this tremendous milestone.”

Sodexo Canada recognizes that about one million Canadian children do not have daily access to a nutritious lunch. And while there are many lunch programs during the school year that help to alleviate this problem there are fewer options in the summer. As soon as school ends, an already dire situation gets much worse. Children, who are over-represented among food bank recipients in Canada (more than one-third of all food bank recipients are children) become more vulnerable on that warm day at the end of June when their school closes.

Feeding Our Future is a simple, but vastly effective program that was launched in Toronto by the Sodexo Foundation with support from a client kitchen and Second Harvest. It has since grown coast-to-coast to a total of nine cities (including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Oakville, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax). Feeding Our Future is one of Sodexo’s several Stop Hunger Initiatives that get at the root causes of hunger in Canada as part of the company’s commitment to the communities where it does business.

To learn more about the fight against hunger visit: www.stophungertoday.com