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Military Spouse Employment Focus of New Sodexo and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Partnership

May 10, 2019

Collaboration and research will allow both groups to better understand the employment needs of military spouses and how the foodservice industry can provide support

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 10, 2019 - Military spouse employment is a rapidly-growing concern impacting both the quality of life and readiness of today’s active-duty military members. Recently-released results from a military lifestyle survey conducted by the non-profit Blue Star Families organization, in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, revealed that military spouse employment is the second biggest issue facing military families, trailing only military members spending time away from families, which topped the list.

To better understand the complex issue of military spouse employment, Sodexo, a food service and facilities management company, and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), an organization dedicated to enhancing the restaurant industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts, today announced a partnership that will allow both groups to take a deep dive into the issue with a shared goal of supporting active-duty military spouses as they pursue employment.

“As the largest federal foodservice provider, an employer of more than 160,000 people throughout North America, and a partner delivering Quality of Life services to thousands of military members and their families on bases across the country every day, Sodexo is in a unique position to both see the real-world impact of military spouse employment while also supporting the stability of military families through job opportunities,” said Brett Ladd, CEO, Government, North America, Sodexo.

Through the partnership, Sodexo and the NRAEF will conduct nationwide focus group studies with military spouses, representing all branches of the military. These focus groups will concentrate on many facets of the issue, including the current landscape of employment opportunities for military spouses and the barriers they face when seeking employment. The results of these studies will then be analyzed and will help determine this partnership’s path forward.

“This partnership is a significant next step in the Foundation’s work to better serve our nation’s military servicemen and women and their families with the ultimate goal of connecting them to career opportunities in our industry,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF. “We are committed to supporting our military—and supporting military spouse employment is an integral part of that commitment.”

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.

Contact: Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, Inc., 301-987-4393, enrico.dinges@sodexo.com

 

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Military spouse employment is a rapidly-growing concern impacting both the quality of life and readiness of today’s active-duty military members and the focus of a Sodexo and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Partnership.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.

Contact: Jasmine Jones, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, 202-315-4101, jjones@nraef.org

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