Award recognizes Sodexo’s community partnership and local impact through support of the Christian Service Center for Central Florida’s Love Pantry and Daily Bread programs
GAITHERSBURG, MD, July 20, 2016 – Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, has been recognized by the United Way with the 2016 Community Volunteer Excellence Award, Outstanding Corporate Group Category for the company’s work impacting the community. The Christian Service Center for Central Florida (CSC) nominated Sodexo for the award, highlighting the commitment from the company’s volunteers to not only support CSC programs, but for continually seeking opportunities to leverage and contribute their expertise in other areas.
Support of the CSC from Sodexo volunteers included serving meals at the Daily Bread community kitchen and leveraging Sodexo’s environmental services expertise to professionally clean the facility’s floors, donating items collected by Sodexo volunteers at food drives and contributing their time to the Love Pantry project, and preparing and donating full box lunches to allow the center to continue serving the community during an emergency repair that closed the Daily Bread kitchen.
“As an agency providing services to the economically disadvantaged, and with poverty levels in Central Florida higher than the state and national averages, CSC, like many nonprofits, is stretched to capacity. The Sodexo volunteers have helped us in so many ways, allowing us to focus our time and limited funds and resources on our mission to the community. Sodexo is a group of truly selfless and giving volunteers,” said, Robert F. Stuart, Executive Director, Christian Service Center for Central Florida and Orlando City Commissioner, District 3.
CSC fights hunger and homelessness through three core programs. Family & Emergency Services provides homeless prevention and hunger relief services from three locations by offering emergency assistance to those faced with unexpected financial crises. The Love Pantry project helps families struggling with food insecurity by providing an emergency food supply at 65 public schools in Central Florida, while also helping to remove hunger as a barrier to learning. From two locations (Downtown Orlando and West Orange County) the Daily Bread kitchens serve a noontime meal to anyone in the community in need, and also provide critical access points for much needed ancillary services like legal aid and health insurance.
Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The global Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations. Learn more at Sodexo Insights.
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