Nov 17, 2009

Sodexo wants students to lend a helping hand

by Camille Smith

Across Liberty’s campus, students did their part to ring the dinner bell for the homeless through the Helping Hands Across America food drive, sponsored by Sodexo.

From Oct. 19 through Nov. 12, students were given the chance to donate $5 or five meal points to the drive at any of the dining service locations on campus. Sodexo, Liberty’s food service provider, used the donations to purchase canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Daily Bread, a Lynchburg homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

The food drive Sodexo sponsored in November 2008, Cans Across America, collected more than 6,000 pounds of canned goods for the Daily Bread. According to, last year’s drive collected almost 370,000 pounds of food, enough to feed 250 families once a day for a year.

“We are one of the largest collectors on the East Coast for this project,” Liberty’s Sodexo Unit Marketing Specialist Ryan Powell said. “I think that’s because of our students, and how much they care about these types of initiatives.”

This year through Helping Hands Across America, Sodexo hoped to top last year’s 6,000 pounds of food in Lynchburg.

“I’ve seen a lot of students get excited about the idea of us giving to a local shelter,” Powell said. “The Daily Bread feeds a lot of people every day, we just want to help stock their shelves.”

The Daily Bread is located in downtown Lynchburg on Clay Street.

According to their Web site,, the organization began in 1982 as an outreach ministry of Lynchburg’s First Presbyterian Church. Since then, it has grown into a fully operational day shelter and meal center for families in need.

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