National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Recognizes Sodexo, Inc. For A Decade Of Generous Support

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Recognizes Sodexo, Inc.
                       For A Decade Of Generous Support

- Nearly One Million in Funds Donated to Support and Enhance the NRAEF's
Educational Programing -

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Restaurant Association
Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today it received a $100,000
contribution from Sodexo, Inc. in support of the Foundation and its ProStart
program. This donation marks nearly one million dollars in contributions from
Sodexo, Inc. to the NRAEF over the past decade. Through their generosity and
their presence, Sodexo also supported the NRAEF's 2013 National ProStart
Coordinator Roundtable on Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C. At the November 2013
Roundtable, ProStart coordinators from around the country networked, shared
best practices, engaged in collaborative planning, heard about national
ProStart program updates, and learned about Sodexo's work in recruiting and
retaining top industry talent.

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"We are grateful for Sodexo's loyal and generous support of the National
Restaurant Association Educational Foundation," said Rob Gifford, executive
vice president of philanthropic initiatives for the National Restaurant
Association Educational Foundation. "Sodexo's commitment to our ProStart
program helps students across the country gain the practical knowledge and
experience needed to become future leaders of the restaurant industry. We
commend their dedication to feeding the dreams and building the futures of
95,000 students each year."

"ProStart is raising the bar for the restaurant industry, and combines a
number of elements which Sodexo finds valuable," said Lorna Donatone, chief
operating officer and president of the Education Market for Sodexo, Inc. "It
promotes engagement with students and provides opportunities to help young men
and women develop leadership and networking skills that will benefit them in
the future – this type of broad community impact is right in Sodexo's

Adds Donatone, "Sodexo is passionate about elevating the stature of the
restaurant industry through the support and promotion of ProStart, the NRAEF's
key educational initiative. There's an incredible return on investment with
ProStart as it serves to build a pipeline of talent for the industry and
strengthens our brand positioning around improving quality of life for people,
organizations and communities. At Sodexo, we are proud to be able to hire
these students who have had exemplary training and exposure that otherwise
they may not have."

According to the National Restaurant Association, total restaurant and
foodservice employment is projected to grow by 11 percent over the next 10
years. The NRAEF is committed to ensuring it supports the development of a
highly-trained and professional talent pool through scholarships and
educational programs such as ProStart, which brings the industry and the
classroom together to give 95,000 students nationwide a platform to discover
new interests and talents, while opening doors to fulfilling careers.

With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF
and state restaurant associations, ProStart is taught in 1,900 schools. For
more information on the ProStart program, visit or find us
on Twitter or Facebook.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)'s goal is to
enhance the stature of the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice
industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce
of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest
employers. The NRAEF's focus is to attract, develop and retain a
career-oriented professional workforce and to create a more positive business
climate for the restaurant industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

About Sodexo, Inc.
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 $20 million
in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

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