Over 100,000 free lunches to be delivered to Canadian kids in need this summer



    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - This summer, the Sodexo Foundation will be
providing free lunches for thousands of high-need children in eight Canadian
cities.
    Celebrity Chef Michael Smith, national spokesperson, 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 free 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."
    In Toronto, Sodexo has partnered with Second Harvest. For the next two
months, each morning at the crack of dawn, Sodexo volunteers will gather at
York University to make healthy lunches, which are then picked up by Second
Harvest and delivered to 13 day camps in the Greater Toronto Area.
    Similar situations are taking place across Canada. Feeding Our Future(R)
is now in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax,
and Hamilton, and on July 17th, these cities will celebrate this innovative
program by holding their own barbeque. In Toronto, the barbeque will be held
from noon until 1:30 at Riverdale Park.
    Every day, Second Harvest picks up donated, high quality fresh food,
which would otherwise have gone to waste, and delivers that food to 250 social
service programs in Metro Toronto. Second Harvest currently provides food for
about 14,000 meals a day to children in breakfast programs, seniors on fixed
incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, psychiatric patients, homeless people,
and many others who have fallen on hard times.
    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 George Pearson Centre,
Trinity Western University, Mount Royal College, Balmoral Hall School, York
University, Department of Agriculture, Recreation Association, Collège Jean De
Brebeuf, and Dalhousie Student Union.
    Community agency partners include the Boys' and Girls' Club of Greater
Vancouver, Community Kitchens of Calgary, Winnipeg Harvest, Toronto's Second
Harvest, Ottawa Food Bank, Moisson Montreal, and Feed Nova Scotia. Mission
Services
    Manufacturers and Supplier partners include Canada Bread, Canbra Foods,
Gordon Food Services, Hector Larivee, Kellogg's, Kraft, Lassonde Beverages,
Maple Leaf, Olymel, Pathways, Parmalat, Quaker, and Shafer-Haggart.

    Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexo.com), part of the international Sodexo Group, is
the leading integrated food and facilities management services company in
Canada, the US and Mexico, with $7.3 billion in annual revenue and 125,000
employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in
corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools,
college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo Canada is a member of
Sodexo Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation an independent charitable
organization that, since its founding in 2001, has donated more than 350,000
free meals to at risk youth in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Abby Robins, Communications Manager, Second
Harvest, Office: (416) 408-2594, Cell: (416) 315-5280 or
abbyr@secondharvest.ca, www.secondharvest.ca; Jon Kristjanson, Senior Vice
President, Sodexo, Executive Director, Sodexo Foundation, (905) 632-8592
ext.250 or jon.kristjanson@sodexo.com, www.sodexo.ca


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