Sodexo Helps Make Cereal Count

Sodexo has partnered with Cereal Counts 2018 to help youth and elderly members of the Dutchess County community have access to healthy breakfasts during the summer months.

In partnership with Nancy Samson, coordinator of Cereal Counts, the Sodexo staff has committed to donating, collecting and delivering cereal boxes since April 23. Boxes will be collected in all campus dining locations through today, May 5.

During this time, Sodexo staff has worn ‘Stop Hunger’ bands and t-shirts, connected with housing, student activities and athletics, and created a promotional video and flyers.

“Our staff got involved as well, from cashiers to food service workers…[They] have really breathed life into this,” said Kate Cole, Unit Marketing Coordinator for Sodexo at Marist.

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General Mills, Sodexo’s cereal supplier, has committed to matching the cereal donation up to 20 cases. Additionally, Donnelly and The Cabaret will be selling 99 cent individual cereal cups.

Campus Executive Chef Anthony Legname said he is also personally matching anyone on his Facebook who donates cereal.

“We’re really excited to be part of this, and hopefully we’ll start a new tradition - this being our first year - to get as much support as possible,” said Legname.

Cereal Counts is looking for volunteers to help with packing the cereal boxes on Sunday, May 6. Those who wish to volunteer can contact Kate Cole at

During the week of May 7th, boxes will be delivered to:

  • Dutchess Outreach/Beverly Closs Food Pantry

  • Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers

  • Community Action Partnership for their pantries in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Red Hook and Dover

  • Reach Out Family Worship Center in Hyde Park

  • Hudson River Housing/Gannett House

  • Morse Magnet Elementary School Food Pantry

  • Interfaith Senior Housing Tower and the

  • Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry

“Every summer, children and teens in food-insecure homes may lack breakfast food. Some students cannot get to area schools serving free breakfast in the summer or go hungry on weekends,” said the event’s Facebook page.

“Right here in Dutchess County, there are children, teenagers and adults of all ages who will need breakfast food this summer. Breakfast hunger is real. Breakfast hunger is intolerable.”

“You never know how you can touch somebody’s life, and I think that’s a beautiful thing,” Legname said. “Hopefully everybody can give what they can give

Sodexo sets aside the month of April for the Servathon, joining forces globally to fight hunger in their communities. Servathon activities include fundraisers, food drives, volunteering at food banks, donating surplus food, and payroll deductions.

Sodexo’s mission is to “contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the cities, regions and countries” where they operate.

Marist College was founded on this same commitment to community service. According to Marist’s mission and vision statements, “Both individual students and student organizations engage in service activities, including programs that assist those in need, projects throughout the Hudson River Valley, and other humanitarian initiatives around the world.”

“By sharing their time and talents, students help make Marist a better place to live and learn while developing a sense of personal responsibility and civic engagement.”

Brian EdsallComment