Oneida Donates to the Sodexo Foundation, Funding US Based Hunger Relief Programs

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Oneida Ltd., a global leader in the tabletop industry, announces a donation of $4,000 to the Sodexo Foundation. The Sodexo Foundation, a driving and creative force that contributes to a hunger-free nation, is the charitable arm of Sodexo Inc. 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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With these compelling statistics, Oneida is proud to lend a hand and contribute to the meaningful efforts of the Sodexo Foundation, said Jim Joseph, President and CEO of Oneida Ltd.

Oneida Ltd., a global leader in the tabletop industry, announces a donation of $4,000 to the Sodexo Foundation. The Sodexo Foundation, a driving and creative force that contributes to a hunger-free nation, is the charitable arm of Sodexo Inc. 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. Nearly 17 million children in the United States are currently at-risk of hunger. Oneida believes that number is unacceptable. 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. Sodexo’s initiatives across local, state, and national levels enable us to impact even more in need.

  •     50 million people in the US are at risk of hunger
  •     1 in 4 children in the US today go hungry
  •     1 in 3 households that are served by a food pantry have children
  •     Hungry children are more likely to fail at school

“With these compelling statistics, Oneida is proud to lend a hand and contribute to the meaningful efforts of the Sodexo Foundation,” said Jim Joseph, President and CEO of Oneida Ltd. “Oneida’s donation connects with our 130 year history of making a difference in our community.”

During the summer of 2010 Oneida initiated “Pass the Plate”, a program designed to support Sodexo’s effort to stop hunger in the United States. Oneida donated 2% of certain Sodexo purchases back to the Sodexo Foundation. Oneida’s distributor Edward Don was also instrumental in driving sales to benefit the foundation. Oneida hopes to strengthen this relationship during the next campaign starting in fall 2011.

About Oneida
Oneida Ltd. is one of the world’s largest marketers 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. It has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico & Latin America, Europe, and China market and distributes flatware products, dinnerware, and 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.

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