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Rollins Campus Dining Services Helps Feed the Homeless

December 03, 2008

Media Contact: Stephanie Page Duesing, 407-646-2203,

Rollins College Dining Services and Sodexho have embarked on a partnership to help those in need. By selling cookies in the Skillman Dining Hall, Dining Services donates 25 cents per cookie to assist the Central Florida Second Harvest Food Bank in attaining their goal in the "Million Meal Challenge." Each cookie sold is equivalent to a meal and feeds a person for that day.

The goal of 2,000 meals was achieved on Monday, Nov. 10 – just two months after the start of the program. The Dining Services team, along with the Rollins community and Second Harvest Food Bank representatives, celebrated this accomplishment by creating an enormous 90-inch cookie that was on display in the Dining Hall at lunchtime. Pieces of the commemorative cookie were sold for additional donations of $1.25 per piece."I can't begin to tell you how thrilled we were with the success of the 'Million Meal Challenge,'" said Campus Dining Services General Manager Gerard Short. "Through the efforts of our Dining Team and the Rollins community, we sold 2,000 cookies that helped feed countless people in Central Florida. That's what I call success, and I thank everyone at Rollins for their efforts."

Rollins Dining Services has set-up an ongoing project of donated high-quality food to Second Harvest Food Bank. The project began last semester and has helped feed thousands of people. “This is a pilot Sodexho account, the first one to start donating unused catering food to the hungry,” said Catering Sales Coordinator Licelys Masseria. "The food is kept frozen and then distributed to Second Harvest within two weeks. So far, this program had been a great success."

"Rollins Dining Services Director of Operations Cristina Cabanilla has been instrumental in building a relationship with Second Harvest allowing us the opportunity to help feed those less fortunate in our community," said Short.

Moreover, Rollins Dining Services has participated in the Sodexho Cans Across America canned food drive that also benefits the Central Florida Second Harvest Food Bank. “Rollins College Dining Services, with the help of the entire community, raised a whopping 3,777 pounds of food," said Dining Services Marketing Coordinator Jayme Bartlett. "The fraternities and sororities were instrumental in this success due in part to their annual Can-Struction event, in which they collected canned food over a designated period of time and competed in an event to build structures using the donations."

"We sometimes take it for granted how fortunate we are and forget there are hungry adults and children within our communities," Short said. "Promoting Second Harvest to the Rollins Community enhances hunger awareness and affords us the privilege of giving back. It takes so little and means so much to a hungry child."

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