The Sodexo Foundation Names Angel L. Gonzalez a Hero of Everyday Life for His Commitment to Fight Hunger
GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A stunning fifty-five percent of Camden N.J. residents live in poverty, with many at risk of hunger. Angel L. Gonzalez wants to change that. He devotes approximately 15 hours each week to preparing and serving food to homeless men and woman in his community. It’s a commitment that has earned him recognition by the Sodexo Foundation as a 2011 Hero of Everyday Life. Gonzalez will be honored by the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., at the foundation’s annual fundraising dinner on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where he will also receive a $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of his choice, My Brother’s Keeper/Save Our Youth.
Gonzalez helped provide more than 60,000 meals to community residents at My Brother’s Keeper/Save Our Youth (MBK/SOY), an organization that has assisted more than 15,000 men and women escape addiction and homelessness, and return to society as productive law-abiding citizens. He got involved with MBK/SOY through his church four years ago. As a dedicated volunteer, Gonzalez helps with all of the meal services including preparing and serving food, cleaning up after meals, and occasionally delivering meals to homeless in the community.
Thanks to Gonzalez, MBK/SOY meal service programs have evolved and become more nutritionally-balanced. He recently graduated from the Cathedral Kitchen program and took his culinary arts training to the organization, where he provides direction to the kitchen staff and uses his skills to help others in need.
“Angel Gonzalez is a great example of how each of us should take hunger personally, providing real solutions to people in the communities around us,” said Robert A. Stern, president, the Sodexo Foundation. “It is especially important where childhood hunger is concerned given the life-long impact that a reliable source of food can make in a child’s health and academic performance.”
One in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child, and more than one in three households served by food pantries includes children. In 1999 the Sodexo Foundation was created to advance Sodexo’s commitment to fight hunger. In January 2011 it announced a renewed commitment to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.
Gonzalez is one of eight Heroes of Everyday Life recognized by the Sodexo Foundation. The other heroes include: Charmion Wood, Gaithersburg, Md.; Frances M. Williams, Philadelphia, Pa.; Julia Pipkins, Carrollton, Texas; Kerwin M. Higashi, Redmond, Wash.; Lucas Minor, Bellingham, Wash.; Patty Johnson, Willowbrook, Ill.; Ryan Wilson, Allison Park, Pa.
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