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Sodexo Foundation Honors Lawton-Area Volunteer for Fighting Hunger in the Local Community

June 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sodexo Foundation announced today that Sodexo employee Terry Denton, a cook with Reynolds Army Community Hospital, has been named a 2013 Hero of Everyday Life for a lifetime of work fighting hunger in the local community. In honor of her volunteer service, Denton will receive a $5,000 grant presented in her name to the hunger-related charity of her choice, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, with funds earmarked for the Food For Kids program. In addition, the Marlow, Okla. resident and one guest will receive a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where Denton is to be formally recognized for her efforts on June 6th at the 14th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner.

Nationally, hunger continues to affect more than 50 million people – 16 million of them being children. In the Lawton area more than 24 percent of children are considered “food-insecure” according to the most recent figures from Feeding America. Denton first worked to reduce hunger locally at the age of seven, when her parents first took her to volunteer at a community homeless shelter. From 2000-2007 she volunteered as a cook for Meals on Wheels and since then Denton has served more than 27,000 meals for the Salvation Army, feeding between 200-300 people twice each month.

“Volunteer efforts like these are essential in helping to improve quality of life for those in our communities – particularly at this time of year,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “According to a recent survey, 43 percent of low-income families already struggling to put a meal on the table are faced with food budgets that can increase by an estimated $300 per month when school lets out.”

Denton regularly provides assistance to a group of underprivileged youth, taking them out for healthy meals each month, and preparing nutritious sandwiches for them on weekends. “Having the ability to do something positive for someone less fortunate is as much a gift to me as it is for them,” said Denton.

Sodexo employees who invest their time, talent, and service spirit in helping those at-risk of hunger in the United States are recognized annually by Sodexo Foundation as Heroes of Everyday Life. Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated impact, level of positive influence on local communities, the number of people affected, ability to engage others in the fight against hunger and, the degree of innovation and educational value. To date, Sodexo Foundation has awarded 108 honorees with grants for their hunger-related charities totaling $508,000. See the full list of 2013 Sodexo Heroes of Everyday Life at www.SodexoFoundation.org.

As the leading provider of Quality of Life services, fighting hunger is the focus of Sodexo’s community service efforts. It also supports our Better Tomorrow commitments and STOP Hunger program, which mobilizes entire Sodexo communities, including employees, consumers, clients, and suppliers to help end hunger.

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Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at blogs.sodexousa.com.

Sodexo Group
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45 years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 420,000 employees throughout the world. 

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 480 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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