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Sodexo and Drake University Extend Partnership

Sodexo and Drake University Extend Partnership

Published 06-28-19

Submitted by Sodexo

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, announced the company’s 10-year extension with longtime partner, Drake University. In the summer of 2020, Sodexo will renovate Hubbell Dining Hall and bring a fully licensed, Sodexo-owned Starbucks to the Olmsted Student Center.

“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 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.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

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Sodexo, Inc. ( ) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation ( ), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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