Institutional feeder Sodexo has officially launched their nationwide Meatless Monday initiative, offering menus and materials to their network of hospitals, universities, senior centers and corporate and government cafeterias.
The international food service provider started by expanding upon the efforts of early Meatless Monday participants, like The Johns Hopkins Hospital and over a dozen Sodexo-fed college campuses. The initiative was brought to over 900 hospital clients across the country in January and plans are already underway to spread the movement throughout 2011. Meatless Monday menus, tools and information packets are being made available to the company’s senior center, government and corporate clients. The initiative will also officially launch in Sodexo-served schools and universities this fall.
Nitu Gupta, the vice president of brand management for Sodexo health care, says the company is excited to offer healthy, meatless options to their patrons, many of whom specifically asked for the campaign:
“Sodexo is proud to combine our culinary expertise with the knowledge of our clinical dietitians to integrate meatless meal options that meet the nutritional needs of students learning in schools, patients recovering in hospitals, and employees engaging worksite wellness programs. Meatless Monday provides a healthy and tasty alternative for people looking to implement a healthy diet change, which explains why it has been so popular.”
Meatless Monday also supports several of the commitments in Sodexo’s “Better Tomorrow” plan, which includes pledges to promote varied and balanced food options, as well as health and wellness solutions for employees, clients and customers.
Sodexo is truly leading the way by lending their large-scale support to the movement. Not only will their Meatless Monday meals reach hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, their use of the campaign to fulfill health and environmental commitments shows other companies large and small that Meatless Monday is a simple way to make a big impact. We at Meatless Monday welcome and thank Sodexo for their continued support of the movement and encourage everyone to be on the lookout for Meatless Monday dishes at their schools and workplaces!