Sodexo Provides More Than 1,000 Meals to Homeless Veterans at San Diego Stand Down Event

GAITHERSBURG, Md.,-- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, provided more than 1,000 meals along with employment services for homeless veterans and support providers during the Stand Down event, June 29 through July 1 at San Diego High School in San Diego, CA. The 31st annual Stand Down program was hosted by Veterans Village of San Diego with support from the United States Marine Corps West Coast. Approximately 3,000 volunteers and 150 service providers assisted the 800 homeless veterans and families. More than 35 Sodexo volunteers hosted meals as well as offered employment services such as resume and job application assistance for the veterans.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were nearly 40,000 homeless veterans in the U.S in 2017 of which 1,067 are homeless veterans in San Diego.

"We are grateful for Sodexo's incredible support in the Stand Down event for the third consecutive year," said Darcy Pavich, Stand Down Program Director. "The company's partnership allowing veterans living on the streets to 'stand down' for the weekend is invaluable."

"The Sodexo organization is highly committed to supporting veterans," said Brett Ladd, Sodexo CEO of Government for North America. "We are proud to continue our meaningful work with Veterans Village of San Diego to help more than 800 veterans and families in need at Stand Down and to combat chronic homelessness in San Diego."

Sodexo's participation in the StandDown event was coordinated by its military employee business resource group, HONOR (Honoring Our Nation's finest with Opportunity and Respect), whose mission is to provide support, guidance and resources to employees and families connected to the military. "Sodexo seeks to help improve quality of life for veterans by providing forums to recognize veterans' contributions to our country, offering development opportunities and establishing partnerships with community groups that support veterans – like the one we have created with Veterans Village of San Diego," said Maria Martinez Gugliotti, Sodexo HONOR co-chair.

Sodexo Government is the nation's largest food-service contractor to the U.S. Government. Top clients include the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and over 25 Federal Agencies. With more than 40 years of experience working with municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo's Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees provide 130,000 meals daily 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.