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Indiana State receives grant to feed the hungry

July 28, 2011

For the fifth year in a row, a grant received by Sodexo at Indiana State University Dining Services from the Sodexo Foundation is helping feed the hungry in the Wabash Valley.

The $20,000 grant, together with goods provided by vendor partners such as Dole, Kelloggs, General Mills, Dannon and Smuckers, is providing food to Terre Haute's Feeding America affiliate, Catholic Charities, which is dispersing it to its 15 local feeding centers. The recent award brings the grand total of donations through the grant to $100,000.

"I am very proud when I think about Sodexo and Indiana State's commitment to helping fight hunger in the Wabash Valley," said Ray Veit, director of dining halls for Sodexo at Indiana State. "We have made a difference in the lives of many Wabash Valley residents."

Terre Haute is one of 24 cities participating in the Feeding Our Future program, run by the Sodexo Foundation.

As part of Feeding Our Future, thousands of pounds non-perishable products were delivered to Indiana State in four deliveries. Catholic Charities picked up the donations and distributed them to its centers, located in three counties.

"The amount of food picked up is impressive," Veit said. "This is wholesale, not retail value, so the grant buys even more non-perishable foodstuffs."

The grant is just one way Sodexo employees and ISU students fight hunger in the community, he said. Forty-six employees and managers donate to the foundation through payroll deduction and Indiana State students contributed more than $1,000 to the foundation through specially-marked goodies sold in the Lincoln Quad and Sycamore Dining carryouts throughout the 2010-11 school year.

In addition to food received through the grant, Catholic Charities receives surplus food items on a daily basis from Indiana State's dining facilities. Those donations added up to more than 15,000 pounds in 2010, according to Veit.

Contact: Sue Sluyter, ISU Dining Services General Manager, 812-237-4138
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or