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Sodexo Foundation supports and partners with many programs and organizations that fight hunger in the United States. Sodexo Foundation’s strategy is to engage these diverse organizations and help them to collaborate in initiatives to more effectively work towards ending childhood hunger in America.
Building on more than a decade in the fight against hunger, in 2011 Sodexo Foundation made a renewed commitment to focus on alleviating childhood hunger through partnerships with Share Our Strength and YSA (Youth Service America) and targeted funding of summer meal programs, nationwide youth engagement activities and special grants to youth, non-profit organizations and schools.
Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry™ Campaign - a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 - Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. Since 2003 Sodexo Foundation and Share Our Strength have worked together and will continue working towards ending childhood hunger by 2015.
Sodexo Foundation has placed a priority on supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry state campaigns in Florida, Maryland and Virginia to facilitate increased participation in summer meals among low-income kids and launch new youth-focused initiatives including, the Hunger Youth Ambassador Program and online youth action center: No Kid Hungry 2.
Sodexo Foundation provided funding for this collaborative effort between Share Our Strength and YSA to create No Kid Hungry 2. This online resource center hosts age-appropriate ideas and resources to help young leaders, parents and teachers organize volunteer activities and advocacy efforts to raise awareness in their schools and neighborhoods to become part of the No Kid Hungry movement.
One of the main priorities for Sodexo Foundation's philanthropic activities is to engage youth in the national anti-hunger movement by encouraging and educating a new generation of passionate and dedicated leaders who will advocate for this cause among their school peers and friends. We know we can't do this alone. That is why we're committed to building a community of young people who are passionate about serving to help end childhood hunger in America.
YSA (Youth Service America)
YSA improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA's work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. Through a dynamic and multi-layered campaign strategy, YSA calls on youth to serve and address the important issues that affect their communities, including community service activities focused on fighting childhood hunger.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Organized by YSA and its Global Youth Service Network, including Sodexo Foundation, GYSD is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in April, in over 100 countries.
Sodexo Foundation and YSA are partnering to fund thousands of dollars of grants for youth-led and school-based hunger projects throughout the nation. Our work with YSA is comprised of three grant programs that support youth engagement activities organized by non-profits, teachers and schools, and youth focused on childhood hunger projects. These programs, which activate thousands of young people across the country, include: Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, Sodexo Foundation Lead Organizer Grants, and Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grants.
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, whose mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Sodexo and Sodexo Foundation are long time supporters of Feeding America through surplus perishable food donations, skills-based volunteerism utilizing our culinary expertise as well as employees serving on boards, and support of local Backpack Food Programs in partnership with local Feeding America affiliated food banks. Find a local food bank.
Sodexo Foundation's commitment demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships in working together to end childhood hunger.
Please note: Sodexo Foundation does not review or consider grant applications.