Sodexo Supports Montgomery County, MD By Taking The Community Profits Montgomery Pledge

Sodexo Supports Montgomery County, MD By Taking The Community Profits Montgomery Pledge

Initiative recognizes businesses committed to giving back to the local community

Shondra Jenkins, director of community relations for Sodexo, speaks about successful partnerships between non-profits and corporations during Community Profits Montgomery event on Wednesday.

From left to right – Ben Simon, founder and executive director of Food Recovery Network; Carrie Fox, co-founder of Community Profits Montgomery and Shondra Jenkins, director of community relations for Sodexo.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 4:40pm

CONTENT: Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md, November 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Sodexo, Inc., a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations which is headquartered in Gaithersburg, today joins with other local leaders in taking the Community Profits Montgomery pledge.

Community Profits Montgomery is an initiative that promotes companies that give back.  Launched by Bethesda Magazine and C. Fox Communications in partnership with The Community Foundation in Montgomery County,  the initiative stems  from  a  simple  idea:  to  create  a  platform  that recognizes local businesses for giving back to the  community, inspiring them to continue their good work -- and encourage others to do the same.

Specifically, the initiative recognizes local businesses that pledge to give the following in the next 12 months: 2% of pre-tax earnings  (minimum of $10,000), with a substantial portion of that amount supporting Montgomery County nonprofits, or $100,000 to nonprofits serving Montgomery County. 

“Montgomery County is home to so many remarkable and innovative businesses that are not only helping to shape  and  fuel  our  regional  economy,  but  that  share a  commitment  to  philanthropic  giving  right  here  at home—a powerful statement about the strength and kindness of our community,” said Carrie Fox,  co-founder of  Community  Profits  Montgomery.

Sodexo’s Community Profits Montgomery pledge aligns closely with the company’s other efforts to support the local community.  Through Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization sponsoring and supporting initiatives that tackle childhood hunger in the United States, Sodexo provides financial support, food donations and significant volunteer hours with two organizations serving Montgomery County – Food Recovery Network (FRN) and Manna Food Center (Manna).

Sodexo has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Manna.  In addition to Sodexo employees providing tens of thousands of hours of volunteerism in support of the organization over the years, a Sodexo representative has served on Manna’s board from 2003 to the present.  Sodexo is also supporting Community Food Rescue, a new initiative in collaboration with Manna and FRN to develop a coordinated food recovery system throughout Montgomery County.

Sodexo Foundation became a founding funder of FRN in 2013, and fueled the momentum of a grassroots movement and helped turn it into a leading nonprofit that has emerged at the forefront of youth food recovery and anti-hunger movements.  In addition to seeing FRN grow from 22 chapters to more than 100 chapters in two years, the company also was a founding supporter of Food Recovery Certified, the first food recovery certification program, which is accredited by FRN.

“There are nearly 81,100 people living in Montgomery County who are at risk of hunger, of which more than 35,000 are children,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “As a leader in the fight to end childhood hunger based in Montgomery County it was an easy decision for Sodexo to take the Community Profits Montgomery pledge in order to expand our efforts supporting local hunger-related partners and the overall Montgomery County community.”

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About Sodexo
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 419,000 employees throughout the world.

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Sodexo, Inc. (, 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 (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $22 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at


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