Volunteers in action

12000-EN.jpg122,000 Stop Hunger volunteers act against hunger in the world

To fulfill our mission and to help eliminate hunger, we must encourage hands on and skills-based volunteerism.

This is supported by Sodexo, our founding partner, who deployed the Company Volunteering Policy to enable employees to personally engage with our local NGO partners, feel a sense of purpose, and provide needed help.

While food recovery, food drives, fundraising and meal distribution are part of the usual activities of Stop Hunger volunteers, to develop a sustainable food system, it is also vital to transfer expertise and knowledge to our NGO partners.
 

Volunteer stories

AbdurRahmaan Muhammad of India

AbdurRahmaan Muhammad, a Sodexo India expert in Kitchen Design and Building, spent two weeks in Bhutanese schools on a YEAH mission. His role was to analyze at least 25 critical points and to make recommendations on the kitchen production line, storage rooms, and equipment, which would in turn optimize the design of the 440 school kitchens. One of the primary schools serves two and a half more meals than it was built for; Abdur created recommendations to ensure the sanitation and the safety of its storage rooms. 

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Wendy Smith in USA

Wendy is a registered dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager for Sodexo at the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center where she leads many volunteer activities. In partnership with MedStar, she successfully conducted food drive and fundraising for Manna and the Smart Sacks program to feed children and their families for a weekend. She has also piloted the "Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters at the Store" program, which allows families to learn how to prepare balanced meals at low prices, directly in a grocery store. And, applying her gardening skills, she also coordinates community garden programs. 

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Göran Pändel Berggren in Sweden

Göran uses one of Stop Hunger's activities to help his local community in Sweden: the distribution of unsold meals, that are prepared but not consumed in Sodexo's restaurants. In 2017, Göran donated 200 meals / week. "With these meals, we can offer a complete, balanced and comforting lunch break amid the difficult days of our beneficiaries," says Carola Matilainen, head of one of the reception centers. Head of the Sodexo kitchen in the Corporate segment, Göran is supported by a Sodexo client through this partnership with the city of Uppsala. 

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Angela Forero of Colombia

Half a year after Mayra Barrera’s mission, Angela, Food Supply Chain expert in Colombia, spent two weeks in Guatemala on a skills-based YEAH mission to follow up on the Mayra’s recommendations. Angela not only set up tools to track the progress made, but she also helped to optimize the supply of fresh and local produce (50% from family farmers), storage, and transportation to schools. This pilot program is part of a school feeding law to ensure the health and education of 2.5 million children.

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