Students each awarded $10,000 in scholarships and grants; Sodexo employees additionally granted $5,000 for nonprofits of choice.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 21, 2020 –In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the 21st Annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation dinner, students and Sodexo employees were formally recognized today for their innovative efforts to achieve the goal of zero hunger by 2030, guided by the belief that Bright Futures Begin When Hunger Ends.
Five students were honored with the Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship, which recognizes students who drive awareness and mobilize youth that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Five national winners receive a $5,000 grant and a $5,000 scholarship. An additional 10 scholars are awarded at the regional level with a $1,000 grant. Since the program’s inception in 2007, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has awarded more than $850,000 in grants and scholarships.
“For over two decades, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has been at the forefront of a movement to end childhood hunger, working with partners and investing in youth-led innovative solutions,” explained Gerri Mason Hall, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, Sodexo Americas. “The COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic impact demonstrates how rapidly one can be at risk of hunger, particularly children, and the disparities in access to food in vulnerable communities,” she added.
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholars for 2020 are:
- Carson Pazdan, Rising High School Junior, Barrington, IL
- Annika Kovar, Rising College Sophomore, Frazee, MN
- Caleb Oh, Rising High School Sophomore, Edgewater, MD
- William Winslow, Rising High School Freshman, Raleigh, NC
- Noah Zimmer, Rising College Junior, Granger, IN
Over the life of the scholarship program, the scholarship awardees have comprised a wide variety of students, ages five to 25.
In addition to the student leaders, six Sodexo employees received The Heroes of Everyday Life award which annually highlights employees who invest their time, talent and resources to help some of the 37 million people at risk of hunger in the U.S. Collectively they raise awareness, raise funds, coordinate food drives, volunteer in food pantries, support food recovery programs, and teach nutrition education and healthy cooking skills. Each Hero receives a $5,000 grant to support a hunger-related charity of their choice.
The 2020 Heroes of Everyday Life are:
- Kathleen Tisdale, Sodexo Area General Manager, Walt Disney Word
- Melissa Turner, Sodexo Catering Supervisor, Shenandoah University
- Jimmy Hamm, Sodexo General Manager, SUNY Oneonta
- Joanne Booth, Sodexo Senior Manager, entegra Procurement Services
- Clifford Reece, Sodexo Area General Manager, Waco ISD, School
- Barbara (Sue) Cottrill, Sodexo Administrative Assistant, University of Central Missouri
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 Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA and Instagram @sodexostophunger.
Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, email@example.com, 301-987-4393