100,000 free nutritious lunches delivered to kids in need this summer



    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - This summer, the Sodexo Foundation and friends
provided free lunches for thousands of high-need children in eight Canadian
cities. Now in its 10th year, Feeding Our Future(R) has provided over 550,000
free meals to at risk children across Canada.
    The program which started in Toronto in 2000 has now grown to eight
cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and
Halifax. Simply put, the Sodexo Foundation's Feeding Our Future(R) program
provides free nutritious meals to at risk children during the summer when they
are away from public school.
    Celebrity Chef Michael Smith is the national spokesperson, and is
passionate about the program. "There are thousands of children in this country
who don't look forward to summer, because it means they don't get their
breakfast or lunch at school. Through Feeding Our Future(R), the Sodexo
Foundation and food programs around the country are ensuring that these kids
will have at least one healthy meal a day."
    The Sodexo Foundation has been very fortunate to work closely with hunger
agencies, clients of Sodexo, manufacturer and supplier partners and many
Sodexo employee and family volunteers. Feeding Our Future(R) has become a
shining example of how communities and corporations can collaborate together
to make a real difference.
    Sodexo clients supporting the program include Telus, Mount Royal College,
The Greenwood Inn Winnipeg, Trinity College, Canada Post, Collège Jean De
Brebeuf, and Dalhousie University Student's Union.
    Community agency partners include the Boys' and Girls' Club of Greater
Vancouver, Community Kitchens of Calgary, Winnipeg Harvest, Toronto's Second
Harvest, Mission Services of Hamilton, Ottawa Food Bank, Moisson Montreal, and
Feed Nova Scotia.
    Manufacturers and Supplier partners include Canada Bread, Canbra Foods,
Gordon Food Services, Hector Larivee, Kraft, Lassonde Beverages, Maple Leaf,
Olymel, Quaker, Pathways, Parmalat, Shafer Haggart, Sysco and Unilever.

    Sodexo is the leading provider of food and facilities management in North
America. Sodexo offers innovative outsourcing solutions in food service,
housekeeping, grounds keeping, plant operations and maintenance, asset and
materials management, and laundry services to corporations, health care and
long term care facilities, retirement centers, schools, college and university
campuses, military and remote sites. With Canadian Headquarters in Burlington,
Ontario the company has 130,000 employees at more than 6,000 locations across
North America. Sodexo Canada has been awarded the Gold level certification for
the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program (PAR) with the Canadian Council
for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Sodexo created the charitable organization,
the Sodexo Foundation, which is dedicated to the fight against hunger as it
impacts millions of people in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: including supporting pictures and logos please
contact: Jon Kristjanson, Senior Vice President, Sodexo, Executive Director,
Sodexo Foundation, (905) 632-8592 ext. 33250, or jon.kristjanson@sodexo.com,
www.sodexo.ca


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