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HealthAlliance Hospital and Sodexo Healthcare Food Services Partner in STOP Hunger Program

HAH Team and Participants at Summer Fun Feeding ProgramJul 3, 2013 - Fitchburg, MA, July 3, 2013 - The management team of Sodexo Healthcare Food Services, located at HealthAlliance Hospital-Leominster Campus, has partnered with the hospital to reach out to provide nutritious lunches for local youth. Youngsters attending the Salvation Army summer camp program in Fitchburg are benefiting from the program.

Inspired by Sodexo’s corporate “STOP Hunger” initiative, Steve Guerin, Food and Nutrition Director at HealthAlliance Hospital and a member of the Sodexo management team, has organized local management staff to deliver a healthy, nutritious lunch once a week to youth who are involved at the summer camp. “We are extremely proud of the work that Steve and his team are doing to improve the quality of life for local youth,” said George Chavel, Sodexo President and CEO. “More than 16 percent of children in this region are at risk of hunger, and Sodexo is committed to supporting these communities through better nutrition, health and wellness.”

As part of their corporate commitment to the communities where Sodexo does business, the organization launched the STOP Hunger initiative to fight hunger and malnutrition. The local Sodexo team has partnered with the hospital to provide a bagged lunch each week that also includes nutrition-focused educational materials aimed at youth ages 6 to 12.

“The lunch deliveries are a great asset to our Summer Fun Feeding Program, which provides meals to children in our community,” commented Major Charlene Hager Corps Commanding Officer/Pastor at the Salvation Army in Fitchburg. “Working hand-in-hand with HealthAlliance Hospital and Sodexo helps to ensure that fewer children will go without a meal this summer. We are so grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with HealthAlliance. It is a wonderful thing they are doing for this community.”

“HealthAlliance Hospital is proud to partner with our Sodexo team on this pilot program to reach out into the community and supply nutritional meals,” stated Patrick Muldoon, President & CEO at HealthAlliance Hospital. “Working with our local Salvation Army is providing us with a great opportunity to also educate the children through the distribution of age-appropriate, informative materials that teach them about good nutrition,” Mr. Muldoon added.

Attached Photos: Photo 1: Staff from HealthAlliance Hospital and Sodexo Healthcare Food Services gathers with the staff and participants of the Summer Fun Feeding Program at the Salvation Army in Fitchburg.

Participants at Summer Fun Feeding ProgramPhoto 2: Participants, Amelia, Kiara and Angelina, enjoy lunch provided by HealthAlliance Hospital and Sodexo Healthcare Food Services as part of the Summer Fun Feeding Program at the Salvation Army in Fitchburg.