The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced today that a donation of $1 million from Sodexo’s global Stop Hunger Endowment Fund was distributed to 27 food banks during Hunger Action Month. Areas included Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, KY, New York City, Washington, and more.
As a result of the pandemic, Feeding America reports that more than 54 million people may experience hunger, assistance from food banks has increased by 50 percent, and 8 billion meals will be needed to meet the increased demand.
“We could not be prouder of the work that has been done around the country that has helped to serve and feed millions,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Stop Hunger Foundation. “We recognize that now more than ever families need resources and we are elated to have been able to serve those communities most in need.”
Like many charities, the Foundation has been impacted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees’ fundraising efforts have been curtailed, and Sodexo’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Foundation Dinner, was canceled this past June.
Nevertheless, Sodexo teams rallied as the lockdown set in, donating surplus food to local charities and Sodexo employees have continued to volunteer and raise funds, whether through food drives, logistics support, or virtual activities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased hunger in the Chicago area. Since January, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has seen a 120 percent increase in the number of people turning to our partner food pantries,” said Jim Conwell, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at the Food Depository. “The support of Sodexo and the Stop Hunger Foundation comes at a vital time as we plan a sustained response to the growing need.”
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Visit the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.