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Sodexo and Drake University Extend Partnership

June 27, 2019

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 27, 2019 -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, announced today the company’s 10-year extension with longtime partner, Drake University. This fall, Sodexo will bring a fully licensed, Sodexo-owned Starbucks to the Olmsted Student Center. Additonally, in the summer of 2020, Sodexo will renovate Hubbell Dining Hall. 

“Sodexo’s partnership with Drake centers on elevating the student dining experience across campus,” said Rodney Brown, Senior Vice President, Universities West, Sodexo North America. “From the dining hall to the playing fields to the new Starbucks, we want to ensure convenience and accessibility while enhancing quality of life for students, faculty and staff.” 

A proud partner of Drake University since 1999, Sodexo’s plans to renovate Hubbell Dining Hall is one of three major renovations undertaken by the duo throughout the years. In addition to providing catering, concessions, residential and retail dining the company also offers a Student Manager Program where Sodexo’s team at Drake University offers a student employee, upon graduation, an entry-level management position. 

Sodexo at Drake University is also proud to promote and practice sustainability initiatives which include recycling cooking oil, composting food and paper products, offering biodegradable straws and utensils and providing reusable to-go containers. To reduce food waste, Sodexo at Drake University donates to local food banks and shelters collected by NextCourse Food Recovery Network and holds events like their 2018 Thanksgiving Zero Waste meal that served approximately 800 guests. 
“Drake University looks forward to the exciting changes coming to our campus dining experience. Student input has helped us shape a plan for the next 10 years that includes more choices and greater flexibility, starting with the much-anticipated opening of a new fully-licensed Starbucks,” said Venessa Macro, Chief Administration Officer, Drake University.  We appreciate Sodexo's efforts to respond to the needs and preferences of students in crafting a proposal for a contract extension.”


About Drake University

Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa's capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community.

About Sodexo - Universities
Sodexo provides food service, accommodations and facilities management services to over 700 universities, colleges and independent schools in the United States. With nearly 50 years of experience, Sodexo focuses on improving the student experience through integrated services that promote and enhance quality of life.

Media Contact: Heidi Bullman, Sodexo Inc., Heidi.Bullman@sodexo.com
 

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