Oneida Ltd. Proudly Champions the Sodexo Foundation in Support of Hunger Fighting Programs

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Oneida Ltd., one of the world’s largest tabletop suppliers to the consumer and foodservice industries, has announced its commitment to increase the Company’s existing support to the Sodexo Foundation during Hunger Action Month. Oneida will donate one dollar to the Sodexo Foundation for every new fan added to Oneida’s Facebook page now through October 12, 2011, while also soliciting its existing fan base to donate directly to the Foundation. This commitment is incremental to Oneida’s ongoing pledge to donate two percent of Sodexo Inc.’s purchases from Oneida into the Sodexo Foundation through March 12, 2012.

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Partnering with the Sodexo Foundation was a natural extension of Oneida’s involvement in local hunger relief programs through the Food Bank of Central New York, said Jim Joseph, President and CEO of Oneida Ltd.

Oneida Ltd., one of the world’s largest tabletop suppliers to the consumer and foodservice industries, has announced its commitment to increase the Company’s existing support to the Sodexo Foundation during Hunger Action Month. Oneida will donate one dollar to the Sodexo Foundation for every new fan added to Oneida’s Facebook page now through October 12, 2011, while also soliciting its existing fan base to donate directly to the Foundation. This commitment is incremental to Oneida’s ongoing pledge to donate two percent of Sodexo Inc.’s purchases from Oneida into the Sodexo Foundation through March 12, 2012.

Using social media’s viral potential, Oneida encourages its fans to tweet or post about the Sodexo Foundation and donate directly to the Sodexo Foundation through a special application found on http://www.facebook.com/Oneidaltd. Oneida Twitter followers are encouraged to share this tweet, “#Fighthunger with @Oneida_ltd, like us http://on.fb.me/Oneidahunger, $1 will be donated for each new fan."

The donation will help fund innovative programs helping 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, supported by the Sodexo Foundation. Based on the USDA's Household Food Security Report 2010, nearly 17 million children in the United States are currently at-risk of hunger. Oneida is committed to the Sodexo Foundation’s mission of addressing hunger in America and helping to reduce these concerning statistics, also found in this same report:

  •     50 million people in the US are at risk of hunger
  •     1 in 5 children in the US today goes hungry
  •     1 in 3 households that are served by a food pantry have children
  •     Hungry children are more likely to fail at school

“Partnering with the Sodexo Foundation was a natural extension of Oneida’s involvement in local hunger relief programs through the Food Bank of Central New York,” said Jim Joseph, President and CEO of Oneida Ltd. “Sodexo’s broad and ambitious initiatives transcend local, state, and national levels which enable us to impact even more in need.”

About Oneida
Oneida Ltd. is one of the world’s largest designer and seller of stainless steel and silver plated 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 & Latin America, Europe, and Asia marketing and distributing tabletop products, which include flatware, dinnerware, crystal stemware, glassware and kitchen tools & 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. Visit http://www.oneida.com and http://www.foodservice.oneida.com.

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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