Miami Beach Convention Center and Sodexo Live! Prepare, Donate 160 Gallons of Soup to Camillus House
“The Big Soup” event in support of Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation helps combat local food insecurity.
MIAMI, FL. (May 16, 2023) – The Miami Beach Convention Center, along with its hospitality partner Sodexo Live!, prepared and donated 160 gallons of soup to Miami’s Camillus House – a humanitarian services organization that helps more than 33,000 individuals in need each year. Led by Sodexo Live!’s Executive Chef Ismael LaSalle, this Big Soup Servathon event was part of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and its ongoing mission to stamp out hunger and address food insecurity.
The Sodexo Live! culinary team, Nestle Professional partner chefs, and volunteers from the Miami Beach Convention Center, OVG360 and Stop Hunger Foundation came together to prepare and package servings of hearty, nutritious chorizo butternut squash lentil soup with ingredients donated by Sodexo Live! and Nestle.
A volunteer team delivered the soup to Camillus House where they spent the afternoon working alongside staff in the kitchen and dining hall to serve the soup and other meals to more than 370 community members in need.
“We love coming together to create a delicious meal, but especially so when it’s to help our neighbors who have fallen on hard times,” said Danny Medina, Regional Vice President, Sodexo Live!. “It’s crucial that we give back to the community in which we work and live, and that we continue to make proactive steps towards alleviating hunger in our area.”
Re-imagined following a $640-million-dollar renovation, the expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, four junior ballrooms, almost 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an expanded Grand Lobby, pre-function areas that are bathed in natural light, up to 84 breakout rooms, approximately 800 roof deck parking spaces, almost 2,100 miles of cabling to support all IT communications, $10.2 million dollars’ worth of art curated by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places program and a six-acre (Pride Park) and three-acre (Collins Canal Park) public green spaces that can serve as incremental event space. The MBCC Campus includes two new event spaces: Venu, a space for elegant private events and upscale meetings, and Rum Room, a 1920s restaurant with an enticing tapas-style menu and local South Florida rums. The MBCC is proud to have earned Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, and LEED® Silver Certification as part of the venue’s $640-million-dollar expansion project, which includes many environmentally friendly features.
About Sodexo Live!
Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
About the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation empowers its employees around the world to join forces, engage their teams and fight hunger in their local communities. This is done through service, skilled volunteerism, fundraising and activities that go beyond food aid. Participating in a Servathon activity is a great engagement and team-building tool. The Foundation, as part of its ongoing mission to stamp out child hunger, identifies underserved cities across the US, in need of support, and find alignment between existing, successful service offerings and communities in need. In fact, the foundation distributed over 4,100,000 meals during 2020.