Hendry County School Food Program delivers this summer

(Caloosa Belle/Danika J. Hopper) Josiah Lumpkin enjoying a meal prepared and delivered by Hendry County Schools via Sodexo while LaBelle Fossil Camp Director, Scott Perry looks on.

Before this summer started, I was unfamiliar with Sodexo, but while working with LaBelle Fossil Camp I have had the pleasure of meeting Erwin Evans, General Manager, and several of their food service employees while they have supplied delicious and nutritious meals for the fossil campers and many other local summer youth programs. Sodexo is the company that manages the Hendry County Schools feed program, and has been in operation for over 50 years, backed by nearly 460,000 employees in over 70 countries around the globe.

While speaking with Evans, it was immediately evident just how passionate he was about his job, “Everything we do is about improving people’s daily lives. We believe healthy school meals make kids do better.” Evans goes on to say, “We are the 17th largest company in the U.S. and serve over 100 million people each and every day, by ensuring they have access to nutritious and delicious meals.” Sodexo contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities where they operate and strives to provide an exceptional workplace for it’s employees.

While writing this article, one of the Camp’s Directors begins to pass out Sodexo’s fresh fruit, milk, and tasty whole grain cereal in perfectly portioned baggies, after checking the temperature for food safety. I am surrounded by the squeals of the LaBelle Fossil campers opening and enjoying their breakfasts. It’s good to see these kids happily munching on healthy food before starting their day at camp. A quick peek into the lunch cooler reveals hoagies with lots of meat and cheese, baby carrots and ranch dressing, fresh oranges, and ice cold milk. What an excellent program. Thanks, Sodexo and Hendry County Schools!

Danika can be reached at dhopper@newszap.com

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