Recognition is at the heart of Sodexo’s business. The Stop Hunger Awards brought together approximately 500 guests including Sodexo employees, clients and suppliers to recognise those who have gone above and beyond to support the Foundation over the past year.
The Stop Hunger Foundation works with charities - donating time, skills and money to tackle hunger, support good nutrition and promote life skills in local communities.
2018 was one of Stop Hunger’s most successful years, with over £350,000 donated in grants to support over 15 charity partners. These charity partners include FareShare, the Trussell Trust (the Foundation’s national foodbank partner), SSAFA, Focus Ireland, Magic Breakfast and Coram.
The award ceremony was part of the Sodexo Foundation Dinner, held on the 19 March 2019 in London. The annual dinner was hosted by Sodexo ambassador Matt Dawson and fundraised over £174,000 in support of the Stop Hunger Foundation.
On the event Sean Haley, Regional Chair Sodexo UK & Ireland, commented “The Foundation Dinner is an important event in the Sodexo calendar where we have the opportunity to recognise our colleagues who go over and above to help our charitable efforts and to shine a light on the issues that exist within our communities around food poverty. By raising awareness as well as money we aim to help alleviate the issue for as many people as we can.”
In 2019, the Stop Hunger Awards recognised four employees for their efforts and support of the Foundation. Find out more about the winners below and show your support for them on social media, not forgetting the hashtag #StopHungerAwards!
Stop Hunger’s Charity Champions play a huge role in how the Foundation operates. They help engage teams across the region and support numerous campaigns and events to help promote Stop Hunger’s impact. This award is given to a Charity Champion that leads by example and is a role model to other Charity Champions and the whole of Sodexo.
Since joining Sodexo in 2010, Mark has been a dedicated supporter of Stop Hunger. He was quite shocked to receive the award commenting, “I’m overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting this, but I am quite proud. It is nice to receive this award after being a Charity Champion for three years - it is a motivator to do more.”
Mark is a great ambassador for Stop Hunger, through his constant commitment to the Foundation. Each year he encourages his team and those around him to volunteer and fundraise. Mark is constantly engaged and supports the central Stop Hunger team by implementing initiatives quickly and effectively. He continues to promote and scope volunteering opportunities within Justice Services and is a role model for all. Mark is an example of someone who embodies Stop Hunger every day - even having his legs waxed on Stop Hunger Day 2018!
Mark thinks the Foundation Dinner is a great way to share how people’s hard work makes a huge impact.
“It’s brilliant - I look forward to it every year! You spend all your time volunteering and fundraising, and getting to see where the money and your efforts are going to help support those who need it is great.”
In 2018, Sodexo employees volunteered for over 2,000 hours with Stop Hunger charity partners and other charity organisations. Volunteering is a vital element to Stop Hunger’s work through the Sodexo employee volunteering programme - every Sodexo employee gets up to three days paid leave each year to volunteer with Stop Hunger.
The Volunteering award is for someone who supports the volunteering programme through promotion and engagement, driving support through the wider business.
Working as a legal administrator, not only does volunteering give Omy an outlet for supporting those within her community, it also gives her time out of the office! She has been with Sodexo for five years, and during that time has continued to provide support to the Foundation.
Omy has volunteered with Stop Hunger’s charity partners on several occasions, whilst helping recruit team members to volunteer alongside her. She donates her time to help source skills-based opportunities for Sodexo employees who may not usually partake in volunteering.
Most recently, Omy worked to embed Stop Hunger volunteering opportunities into the Springboard intern experience which she oversees, exposing them to the charitable arm of Sodexo. This work showcases how Stop Hunger is impacting local communities and encouraged the interns to do the same.
In 2019, the Volunteering award was given in memory of Anita Wilson - a Foundation Trustee and Sodexo employee who sadly passed away in 2018.
Stop Hunger Day is an annual event held in May to engage the Sodexo business in the Foundation’s activities and encourage participation in volunteering and fundraising. This award is for someone who thinks outside the box and uses their skills to help engage their colleagues and develop an initiative to inspire them to do the same.
In 2018, Tim got creative with his fundraising efforts. Within two weeks of moving to a new role within Defence & Government Services, he began arranging a charity auction for SSAFA, one of Stop Hunger’s dedicated charity partners.
He organised the event for 180 guests and even managed to secure the Sodexo ambassador as host! In five hours, he and the Larkhill Garrison team raised over £57,000 - a truly outstanding achievement. Tim impressed the Sodexo client, and his colleagues still talk about the event and his infectious, can-do attitude. He really does make Stop Hunger Day, every day!
Tim was very surprised at receiving the award, and has given thanks to all the team that helped organise the charity auction.
“The award is very humbling. It wasn’t just me and it couldn’t happen without the rest of team behind me - it is not an individual award, it is all of ours!”
This year, Tim would like to continue engaging his teams and encourage volunteering with Stop Hunger.
“The benefits are huge with volunteering. It is massively key to our business culture and helps encourage the behaviours we want in Sodexo.”
Every year, Sodexo employees get busy thinking of innovative ways to fundraise for Stop Hunger. Fundraising is vital to Stop Hunger and allows the Foundation to support 15 charity partners. This award is for a fundraising innovator, someone who likes to challenge themselves and others around them to raise money to help tackle hunger.
In 2018, Marie set out to create a fundraising activity to capture people’s imagination and get them involved with Stop Hunger. Marie has been with Sodexo for seven years and appreciates how much she can do to help support the Foundation.
“When me and a colleague volunteered at a food bank and they had no food, I knew then that we couldn’t walk away from that moment and not do something to help.”
Marie is the driving force behind the Stop Hunger Santa Dash - a brand new initiative introduced in 2018. Over100 participants took part across the region, dressed in festive clothing and running for Stop Hunger, raising money along the way. Marie coordinated a team, and together were able to sort out the logistical side of the event in just over a month, ensuring that the run was completed safely by all.
Her enthusiasm to create and implement a fun and festive idea helped to raise £2,000 for Stop Hunger. The Santa Dash will go on to be a yearly activity and a staple Stop Hunger fundraising activity.
She would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of Santa Dash helping to make the initiative a huge success.
“I wouldn’t be sitting here today if it wasn’t for the teams buy in. I am exceptionally proud to win the award, but also exceptionally proud of the team who got themselves motivated by my madness!”
One year on, discover more about last year's award winners by reading their Quality of Life blogs:
The amazing work of Stop Hunger contributes to the Sodexo global corporate responsibility programme Better Tomorrow 2025 - one of the four pillars of the Sodexo Focus on Growth strategic agenda.
Stop Hunger needs you to continue making such a big difference. In 2018, Sodexo employees helped raise over £420,000 to support those most in need.
Click here to get involved - every Sodexo employee gets up to three days paid leave each year to volunteer with Stop Hunger. Could you win a Stop Hunger Award next year?
Join us in the fight against hunger - click here to see how you can get involved.
Make sure to mention @STOP_HungerUK on Twitter when carrying out any Stop Hunger activities and use #MyStopHungerPledge. Where relevant you can also include the main Sodexo UK & Ireland Twitter - @SodexoUK_IRE.
If there's something you can't find or you have any questions, please contact the Stop Hunger Team via StopHunger.UKandIE@Sodexo.com.