20 Feb 2019
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One year on – shining bright at the Stop Hunger Awards

In 2018, Energy & Resources communications manager, Sarah Masson, won the Stop Hunger volunteering award.

With just one month to go until this year’s Stop Hunger Award ceremony, we caught up with Sarah to see what has changed and why volunteering with the Stop Hunger Foundation is so important to her.

Since winning the volunteering award one year ago, Sarah has continued to use the flexibility Sodexo offers its employees to volunteer with Stop Hunger.

This year she has volunteered twice, taking two days of a maximum three days so far to volunteer with Stop Hunger charity partners – The Trussell Trust and FareShare.

Every Sodexo employee has the option to take paid leave for volunteering, and Sarah has been using her newly found influence to promote this amongst her Aberdeen based colleagues and friends.

“Volunteering and encouraging others to do so has allowed me to spend time with colleagues I don’t normally work alongside every day. Although I collected the trophy, I did so on behalf of the Aberdeen office, many of whom continue to volunteer in large numbers.”

Pictured: Sarah volunteering with The Trussell Trust

In Sarah’s 21-years’ service, she has had the opportunity to volunteer and fundraise with people across her local area and see the difference that she and Stop Hunger are making to those that truly need it.

“It makes me realise how lucky I am, and that my daily struggles are nothing compared to others’ who live nearby, but a world away.”

Stop Hunger supports a range of charity partners across the UK and Ireland that aim to tackle hunger and malnutrition. Through volunteering, Sarah has been able to see close-up the amazing work that Stop Hunger’s charity partners do to support their local communities whilst make a direct contribution to where the charities need the support most.

“I am constantly blown away by the commitment I see from the people who work for the charities we support. It takes a certain type of good hearted person to dedicate their life like that. There’s definitely something to be said for giving back to the community!”

Pictured: Sarah and regular volunteers at FareShare Aberdeen

In the year since winning the volunteering award, Sarah’s recognition has helped establish the importance of what she does and continues to inspire her support of the Foundation.

“I have enjoyed the feeling of being respected and appreciated by my colleagues, not only in my own segment, but across the region. It was such a thrill – and complete surprise – to be called on stage to collect the award.”

Sarah is a star Sodexo employee who shines bright through their commitment and dedication to supporting Stop Hunger and promoting best practice with volunteering and fundraising.

This year the Stop Hunger Awards are back! The lucky award winners will be presented their awards at the 2019 Foundation Dinner in one months’ time. The celebration will take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London on 19 March.

The Foundation Dinner is a prestigious fundraising event that celebrates the success of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and recognises employee commitment to the Stop Hunger initiative over the past year.

Help us recognise those who go above and beyond to support Stop Hunger by having your say on social media. Follow and use the #StopHungerAwards and wish all those nominated the best of luck!

The Stop Hunger Foundation was founded in 1996 and is now a worldwide initiative active in more than 40 countries. Through Stop Hunger, Sodexo donates time, skills and money to tackle hunger, support good nutrition and promote life skills in local communities.

Sodexo continues to support Stop Hunger to help improve the quality of life of the communities and people we serve every day in line with our Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments and our focus to anchor corporate responsibility into what we do every day.

If you are a Sodexo employee and have been inspired by Sarah to volunteer with Stop Hunger, click here to find out how you can get involved and make a difference – join us in the fight against hunger!

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