Sodexo Foundation joins ONEXONE in fight against hunger
May 22, 2012
The Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that targets the issue of hunger in Canada, is making a strong commitment to Canada's most vulnerable communities by creating an internship position to support the ONEXONE Feeding Our Children campaign and its First Nations Breakfast Program.
The position will allow a student to study in a nutrition-related discipline through a summer-long internship at ONEXONE, a non-profit foundation committed to improving the lives of children in Canada and around the world.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with Sodexo and ONEXONE on issues pertaining to childhood hunger in Canada and hunger issues in First Nations communities. Moreover, the intern will be considered for membership in Sodexo’s Rising Stars program, through which promising graduates are hired into fulltime, entry-level management positions when they graduate.
“The Sodexo Foundation is pleased to provide this 2012 internship opportunity in appreciation of its outgoing Executive Director, Jon Kristjanson,” said Tracey Durand, Executive Director of the Sodexo Foundation in Canada,” Jon was a driving force in the fight against hunger and under his leadership the Foundation
donated in excess of 750,000 meals to those at risk.”
The Vulnerable: Children and First Nations Communities
Among households accessing food banks, families with children make up more than 50 per cent of recipients. Furthermore, in the First Nations community, it is estimated that at least 80 per cent of households experience food insecurity, and that children are at the greatest risk.
The internship fulfills two areas of great importance to Sodexo in Canada as part of its commitment to the communities where it does business. The first is Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Initiatives that get at the root causes of hunger in Canada. The second is local community development in Canada’s aboriginal communities. Sodexo is gold certified in Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. This recognition signals Sodexo’s commitment to growth in Aboriginal communities through employment opportunities, business partnerships, and support of Aboriginal businesses.
The new partnership between ONEXONE and the Sodexo Foundation will be announced at The Sodexo Foundation’s Sixth Annual Foundation Dinner this evening. The event is aimed at raising awareness and funds for the fight against hunger and recognizing some very special Heroes of Every Day Life, Sodexo employees who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the work of the Sodexo Foundation in their communities.
“Like ONEXONE, Sodexo has long shown great leadership on issues of child and aboriginal hunger,” said ONEXONE Founder Joey Adler. “ONEXONE looks forward to working in partnership with the Sodexo Foundation to invest in Canada's children and youth and to develop the leaders of our future."