Sodexo-Managed Mess Hall Earns Second Consecutive Top Prize in Annual W.P.T. Hill Memorial Awards for Foodservice Excellence

Sodexo’s operations at Mess Hall 227 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune recognized as Best Full Food Service Mess Hall for the second year-in-a-row
Jun 27, 2018 9:30 AM ET
Back Row, Left to Right: Jay Stieber, Gary Walls, Sam Facchini, Dawn Sweeney, Capt. Derrick Oliver. Front Row, Left to Right: Cpl. Brady Wocher, Andrew Bessemer, Barry Lee, W.O. Maria Marques, Major General Craig Crenshaw, and MGySgt Brian Blanton. Photo courtesy of Marcello Rodarte.

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 27, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, has been recognized for its work serving the United States Marine Corps through the annual W.P.T. Hill Memorial Awards for Foodservice Excellence.  Mess Hall 227 at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was selected as the winner of the Best Full Food Service Mess Hall category in the 2018 awards. This is the second consecutive year Mess Hall 227 has been recognized with this prestigious honor.

The W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award, established in 1971, is an annual Marine Corps-wide competition with trophies and certificates of achievement awarded to USMC installations around the globe exhibiting foodservice excellence. Competitors are judged on areas such as operations, sanitation, taste and quality of food.

“My position affords me the opportunity to see first-hand the passion with which our employees serve Marines and I am constantly amazed by their unwavering commitment,” said Brett Ladd, senior vice president, Sodexo Government, North America. “I am tremendously proud of the Mess Hall 227 team for earning the W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award again this year, but I also want to recognize the Sodexo teams at the other 46 USMC mess halls we serve nationwide for their continued dedication to improving Quality of Life for our brave servicemen and women.”

Sodexo received the W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award at the Military Foodservice Awards Dinner on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Chicago, Ill., an event sponsored and organized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

“It's an honor for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to partner with the United States Marine Corps to recognize Sodexo’s team at Camp Lejeune’s Mess Hall 227 for its award-winning support of Marines,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “Sodexo’s military support is not limited to the mess halls it serves. The company also works closely with NRAEF in support of culinary training specifically for active duty military members and for that and for all that they do, we thank them.”

With more than 40 years of experience working municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo’s Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees improve the Quality of Life for the people it serves at more than 150 military and U.S. Federal Government locations in 26 states. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Sodexo provides a variety of integrated food and facilities management solutions and is the nation’s largest federal foodservice contractor – serving 45.6 million meals annually with a focus on wellness and nutrition.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 133,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.