LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sodexo Dining Services at the University of Louisville is offering a free lunch to 107 soldiers and their families before the troops head to Iraq in June as part of Operation New Dawn.
The May 31 lunch will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ville Grill, corner of Third St. and Brandeis Ave., Belknap Campus.
Sodexo’s UofL management team organized the event to recognize and thank members of Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based in Louisville. The brigade is part of the largest mobilization of Kentucky National Guard troops since World War II.
Community members who want to share a meal with the soldiers can attend the event and purchase lunch for $7.80 (or $7.50 for students, faculty and staff who use their campus meal plan flex points). Lunch items typically include deli sandwiches, burgers and grill items, a full salad bar, pizza and desserts.
The event is part of Sodexo’s Servathon, a community service project Sodexo staff around the globe usually perform each April to raise money, donate food and serve meals to the hungry. Sodexo administrators at UofL opted to hold the event in May to be closer to the soldier’s time of deployment.
The company is committed to stopping hunger and seeks to identify community outreach programs where they can make a difference, said Matti Verder, Sodexo’s resident district manager who directs dining services at UofL.
“With more than 200 employees working at UofL we can make a pretty big impact on the campus and surrounding community,” said Verder. “In the past few years we’ve had can drives, provided food for Dare to Care, organized deliveries to the homeless and forged partnerships with student groups so we can reach even more deeply into the neediest parts of the community.”
To learn more, contact Matti Verder at firstname.lastname@example.org.