Five Elementary School Finalists Showcase Sodexo Commitment to Student Engagement and Achievement in Future Chefs: Healthy Salad

    Five Elementary School Finalists Showcase Sodexo Commitment to Student
     Engagement and Achievement in Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge

Finalists selected from more than 5,000 entries nationwide create videos of
their award-winning healthy recipes

PR Newswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 23, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sodexo announced today the
five finalists for its Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge program. The
finalists are all elementary school students from Sodexo-served school
districts across the country, and each created videos of their own healthy
salad creations which can be seen on a special YouTube channel. View the
finalist videos and vote for your favorite today at Public vote will determine the 2013 national
winner. Voting is open for one week from Tuesday, April 23 through Tuesday,
April 30.

The program, which is in its third year as a national event, attempts to
create positive behavioral changes in students by enabling them to get
actively involved in good nutrition. More than 1,750 students, representing
940 Sodexo-served schools around the country, were selected from over 5,000
healthy salad recipes submitted to participate in 110 local events.

Winning recipes from local events were considered by a panel of Sodexo K-12
chefs to narrow the field to 27 regional winners, who were further evaluated
by a panel of judges to select five national finalists. The finalists were
selected based on the originality, presentation, ease of preparation,
kid-friendliness, and healthiness of their recipes.

The five Sodexo Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge national finalists are:

  oShayla Harrison – Providence Public School District in Providence, R.I.
  oAddison Jones – Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  oEli Lizzadro – Naperville Community Unit School District 203 in
    Naperville, Ill.
  oImran Mihas – Grosse Pointe Public School System in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
  oReed Syler – Camas School District in Camas, Wash.

"Children's health and wellness is a concern for every parent and all school
leaders across the country," said George Chavel, president and CEO, Sodexo
North America. "At Sodexo, we understand that students need to be engaged in
order to achieve, and we've created programs like Future Chefs to do just that
- engage kids and get them involved in hands-on learning activities that can
lead to changing their behavior and helping them live healthier lives."

Sodexo supports student engagement and achievement by providing expert
solutions that improve the quality of life for the students, staff and
communitieswe serve. We do this by designing, managing and delivering
programs and services that keep people healthy, safe and productive while also
enriching the learning environment. Sodexo helps the nation's schools be
vibrant contributors to the success of their communities.

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About Sodexo

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 420,000 employees
throughout the world.

Sodexo in North America

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 $17 million
in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2012)
Sodexo in the World                    Sodexo in North America
18.2 billion euro consolidated revenue 8.8 billion dollars revenue
420,000 employees                      125,000 employees
20th largest employer worldwide        9,000 sites
80 countries                           700 facilities management sites
34,300 sites                           Over 15 million consumers served daily
75 million consumers served daily


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