Sodexo Helps Manchester Township Public Schools Earn Three Awards in USDA Student Wellness Program

Partnership Combines Education, Nutrition and Physical Activity to Create a Healthy Learning Environment for Students in the New Jersey District’s Three Elementary Schools
Apr 14, 2011 6:01 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Gaithersburg, Md - April 14, 2011 - Nutrition provider and student well-being champion Sodexo partnered with Manchester Township Schools in Manchester, N.J. to help the district’s three elementary schools earn Silver-level certification in the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge, a program designed to promote good nutrition and physical activity.

Sodexo, a partner with Manchester Township Public Schools for nearly 30 years, contributed to the certification effort by giving students healthy options and teaching them about the importance of making smart nutrition choices – a continuation of the company’s long term student well-being work in Manchester Township.   “Sodexo’s team of student nutrition professionals has done an outstanding job in serving the Manchester Township School District,” said Dave Trethaway, superintendent, Manchester Township Public Schools. “Students need good nutrition to succeed in school and Sodexo delivers healthy and nutritious food that students love to eat.”   Sodexo made changes to the district’s menu in order to meet the HealthierUS School Challenge program guidelines including the use of more legumes along with more dark green and dark orange vegetables. Sodexo also now only offers one percent and skim milk at the award-winning schools. To help get students to buy-in to these changes, a very important part of the process, the company’s team in the district allowed students to sample food to get their feedback and approval.   Sodexo’s support in this process is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to student well-being in the district. The company has a full-time registered dietitian on staff and team members meet regularly with the district’s wellness committee. Additionally, Sodexo has offered whole grains for more than three years and has been offering at least six fresh fruit and vegetable side dishes daily for more than five years.   “HealthierUS School Challenge certification is a tremendous accomplishment and we are proud that we helped Manchester Township Public Schools earn the first three Silver awards given out in New Jersey,” said Steve Dunmore, president of Sodexo Education - Schools. “Sodexo is serious about supporting our partner school districts like Manchester Township Public Schools in creating an environment of well-being to advance student achievement.”   Sodexo is committed to take measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. Sodexo focuses on nutrition, achievement, environment, community and activity to promote student well-being.   About Sodexo   Sodexo in North America Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at   Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo acts as the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and employee well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo’s 380,000 employees in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled array of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the fulfillment of its employees and the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates.   Key Figures (as of August 31, 2010)   Sodexo in North America 8.0 billion dollars revenue 120,000 employees 10 million consumers served daily 6,000 clients 700 facilities management sites   Sodexo in the World 15.3 billion euro consolidated revenue 380,000 employees 34,000 sites 50 million consumers served daily 80 countries 21st largest employer worldwide   SODE13216