Holding Serve


ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France — At the core, the restaurant and hospitality business is really about service, and with that in mind, the France-based foodservice giant Sodexo upped the ante, recently announcing that more than 39,000 employees in 28 countries took part in its annual Servathon to fight hunger and malnutrition this spring.

The Canadian arm of the initiative was launched in 2000 to engage employees in hunger relief efforts in their local communities by serving food, fundraising, organizing food drives and holding free nutrition and food-safety workshops at hunger relief organizations.

This year, employees from 10 additional countries joined thousands of their colleagues to provide help to those in need. Globally, Servathon 2010 saw Sodexo employees collect more than 175,000 kilos of food — 50 per cent more than last year — while engaging clients, customers, vendors and the community in the fight against hunger.  

Michel Landel, CEO and president of Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Association, said, “I am proud of our employees’s commitment to the fight against hunger and malnutrition and very pleased to see the ever-growing number of employees who respond each year to our call for involvement. Servathon and our overall Stop Hunger initiative are tangible expressions of Sodexo’s values and founding principles in action.”

Here’s taste of what happened: in Canada 56 sites participated, raising 3,500 kilos of food and more than $21,000, which was distributed to local hunger charities across the country; in Mexico, donations from 7,200 employees amounted to the delivery of five tons of seeds and grains to seven food banks in nine states; in China, employees volunteered at a local food bank where teams collected nearly 2,000 products for the disadvantaged.

Photo courtesy of Sodexo

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