Oneida Ltd. Launches Support Programs to Fight Hunger

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Oneida Ltd., a division of EveryWare Global, Inc. launches programs in honor of Hunger Action Month. Partnering with the Sodexo Foundation and the Food Bank of Central New York to support innovative initiatives from nutrition programs and community service activities to providing meals and emergency food benefits.

Oneida's Spoonful for Hunger Program

Oneida's Spoonful for Hunger Program

Our goal is to reduce the number of families and children at risk of hunger by raising awareness and giving back to aid the success of hunger fighting programs, commented Amy Gebhardt, Oneida’s Director of Public Relations.

Oneida Ltd., a division of EveryWare Global, Inc. and world leader in the tabletop industry, proudly launches programs in honor of Hunger Action Month. With nearly 49 million people in America facing hunger, including 1 in 5 children, it is a very serious problem in the United States today. Oneida is immensely proud to partner with the Sodexo Foundation and the Food Bank of Central New York to champion the cause. Oneida’s proceeds to these organizations work to support innovative initiatives from nutrition programs and community service activities to providing meals and emergency food benefits.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of families and children at risk of hunger by raising awareness and giving back to aid the success of hunger fighting programs,” commented Amy Gebhardt, Oneida’s Director of Public Relations. “Last year, Oneida was proud to generate donations exceeding $10,000. We are dedicated to growing these incredible efforts each year.”

In this year’s campaign, Oneida’s initiatives include activities to benefit both national and local communities. With the third annual Pass the Plate program, the Company will donate a percentage of sales to the Sodexo Foundation. “Sodexo Foundation works to raise awareness about childhood hunger and to provide solutions by engaging youth,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “It is also fortunate enough to have the added support of Sodexo’s valued vendor partners, like Oneida and signature programs like Pass the Plate.”

In Oneida’s retail store, the Spoonful for Hunger program contributes 10% of all sales on Wednesdays from September through December, to the Food Bank of Central New York. Joining ranks with local community members, Oneida will also coordinate a four-week food drive to raise non-perishable donations for the Sherrill, New York food pantry. Finally, Oneida Ltd.’s warehouse locations and brand partner Anchor Hocking will duplicate food program donation efforts in their respective, local communities.

With hunger relief initiatives reaching across local, state and national levels, Oneida is committed to the missions set forth by both the Sodexo Foundation and Food Bank of Central New York to address hunger in America. These partnerships allow Oneida to aid in creating a positive impact across the communities these organizations serve.

About Oneida
Oneida Ltd. is one of the world’s largest designer and seller of stainless steel and silverplated flatware for the consumer and foodservice industries. It is also the largest supplier of dinnerware to the foodservice industry in North America. The company operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America, Europe and Asia marketing and distributing tabletop products, which include flatware, dinnerware, crystal stemware, glassware and kitchen tools and gadgets. The company originated in the mid-nineteenth century and has since grown into one of the most recognized brands in the industry. Driven by devotion to design, Oneida prides itself on the finest quality products and modern, decorative and classic tableware collections.

About the Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 268 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 12,273,003 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit http://www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.

About Sodexo Foundation
The Sodexo Foundation, a driving and creative force that contributes to a hunger-free nation, is the charitable arm of Sodexo Inc. Sodexo, headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (http://www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. The Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. This foundation funds innovative programs to help children and families in the United States who are at-risk of hunger; from nutrition programs for children, to engaging youth in hunger-fighting community service activities.

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