GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving quality of life, has been recognized for its work serving both the United States Air Force (USAF) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with two separate awards at the annual Military Foodservice Awards Dinner. The event, a gala dinner and awards ceremony from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honoring members of America’s armed forces for excellence, was held at the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago on May 17, 2019.
Sodexo’s work for the USMC was recognized when Mess Hall 2204 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Californiawas selected as the winner of the 2019 W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award in the Best Full Foodservice Contractor Garrison Mess Hall category. Additionally, the company’s work in support of the USAF earned the 2019 John L. Hennessy Trophy Award in the Region 1 (East) category for operations at Eglin Air Force Base, 96th Test Wing, AFCM. This marks the first time a Sodexo-served facility earned the Hennessy Trophy.
The W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award, established in 1971, is an annual Marine Corps-wide competition with trophies and certificates of achievement awarded to USMC installations around the globe exhibiting foodservice excellence. Competitors are judged on areas such as operations, sanitation, taste and quality of food.
The Hennessy Trophy is an annual award presented to Air Force installations with the best food service programs in the Air Force. Winners are selected based on their display and execution of excellence in management effectiveness, force readiness support, food quality and production, employee and customer relations, training, and safety awareness. This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the Hennessy Trophy competition.
“As a partner to both the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps, Sodexo is in a unique position to provide services that both help our brave service men and women maintain their readiness while also contributing to their overall quality of life,” said Brett Ladd, CEO, Government, North America, Sodexo. “I join the Air Force and Marine Corps in recognizing our teams at both award-winning dining facilities and I am proud that their successes are representative of the work we do daily on installations throughout the country.”
Sodexo received both the W.P.T. Hill Memorial Award and the John L. Hennessy Trophy Award at the annual Military Foodservice Awards Dinner. The event, a gala dinner and awards ceremony from the NRAEF honoring members of America’s armed forces for excellence, was held at the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago on May 17, 2019.
“For more than 60 years, the restaurant industry has honored the men and women of the U.S. military for outstanding foodservice at bases and installations throughout the world,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF. “The NRAEF is dedicated to helping the military maintain foodservice excellence across all branches and providing guidance for veterans transitioning to restaurant jobs and careers.”
With more than 40 years of experience working municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo’s Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees improve the Quality of Life for the people it serves at more than 150 military and U.S. Federal Government locations in 26 states. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Sodexo provides a variety of integrated food and facilities management solutions and is the nation’s largest federal foodservice contractor – serving 45.6 million meals annually with a focus on wellness and nutrition.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit us.sodexo.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.