Raleigh Convention Center's Initiative to Combat Hunger

Published on : 2/23/24
  • Food insecurity is a critical concern in our communities. In Wake County, where the Raleigh Convention Center is located, over 100,000 residents are grappling with insufficient food or inconsistent access to meals. The Convention Center is actively addressing this issue through their Share a Meal program, a significant force in the battle against hunger. 

    More Than a Meal

    RCC vol.jpegThe Share Your Meal program was born just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concept was straightforward yet impactful: organizations ordering meals could 'round up' and donate the equivalent of extra meals to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. To amplify the effect, Sodexo Live! and the Raleigh Convention Center pledged to match 100% of contributions, effectively doubling the number of meals donated.

    This initiative was introduced into the menu with the hope of making a tangible difference in the community. "Since then, we've had so much interest," said James Jenkins, Sodexo Live! General Manager. "It's been a powerful reminder that a single idea can spark significant change."

    The Share Your Meal program has had a substantial impact. In the past year alone, the program has been able to donate over 60,000 meals. "We hope this act of 'paying it forward' inspires everyone to carry on the spirit of contributing."

    Looking Ahead

    The future of the Share Your Meal program is bright, with strategies in progress to broaden the program and enhance its impact. "The Share Your Meal program is a testament to the power of community engagement and innovative solutions," said Samantha Amodio, Senior Catering Sales Manager. "As it continues to grow and develop, it serves as a beacon of hope in the fight against hunger."

    In addition to making donations, Sodexo Live! team members at the Convention Center are exploring more ways to help by coordinating volunteer initiatives to increase the workforce available to the Food Bank and community gardens in the area. 

    "Whether it's by volunteering your time, making a donation, or simply spreading the word about programs like Share a Meal, every little bit helps." 

    Samantha Amodio, Senior Catering Sales Manager