More than 35,000 Sodexo (PARIS:SW) (OTCBB:SDXAY) employees in 20
countries across five continents took part in this year’s “Servathon,”
Sodexo’s global initiative to help people affected by hunger and
malnutrition through fundraising and food distribution. Now in its 12th
year, Servathon is part of Sodexo’s global STOP Hunger program, launched
in the United States in 1996 by CEO Michel Landel.
This year’s campaign included Sodexo teams in twelve new countries where
the company operates who joined with thousands of fellow Sodexo
employees to help disadvantaged people in their communities throughout
the month of April. New participating countries included Peru, the Czech
Republic, Malaysia and Colombia.
In total, Sodexo employees helped collect more than 100,000 kilograms of
food during this year’s Servathon. Among the numerous initiatives
in Colombia, dozens of volunteers provided support to a food bank in
Bogotá to help manage the distribution of over 900,000 products;
in the United States, employees collected large stocks of food as well
as $70,000 USD in donations for the Sodexo Foundation and thousands of
dollars more for other food assistance organizations;
in Canada, employees prepared meals and collected more than five tons
at Sodexo headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, the 400
employees gathered more than 4,000 food and hygiene products for
donation to a local food bank to help community families in need.
The level of participation in this year’s Servathon reflects a strong
response from employees to CEO Michel Landel’s call in April to "help
create a world that does not experience hunger or malnutrition.”
At a time when hunger and malnutrition afflict over one billion people,
Sodexo is committed to pursuing the fight against hunger in countries
throughout the world where it operates. The STOP Hunger program, of
which the annual Servathon is a part, is now present in 25 countries and
includes partnerships with 223 local NGOs and associations active in the
battle against hunger. Nearly 300 major initiatives have so far been
conducted across four principal areas: volunteering, providing training
and information on nutrition, food distribution and fundraising.
SODEXO, founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, a world leader in Food and
Facilities Management services, with more than 355,000 employees on
30,600 sites in 80 countries, as of August 31, 2008. For Fiscal 2008,
which closed August 31, 2008, SODEXO had revenue of 13.6 billion euro.
Listed on Euronext Paris, the Group has a current market capitalization
of 6,1billion euro.
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