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Dining for Dollars at the Detroit Institute of Arts Benefits Gleaners Sodexo Sponsors Special Lunch Entrée to Benefit Food Bank

Thursday, December 11, 2008

(Detroit) —Eating a very special entree at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Thursday, Dec. 18 will help feed people who depend on Gleaners Community Food Bank for support. All proceeds from Sodexo’s Dining for Dollars meal in the museum’s CaféDIA will benefit the organization that distributes nearly 25 million pounds of food annually throughout southeastern Michigan. Sodexo is the DIA’s contracted food services provider.

The fundraiser meal, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., will include roasted pork loin topped with a cognac barbeque glaze, pan seared potatoes parmesan, fresh asparagus poached and lightly tossed in a brandied kosher butter, and pesto flat bread. The dessert will be mixed berry shortcake with white chocolate mousse and fresh mint. Most regular menu selections will also be available, but are not included as part of the fundraiser.

“Sodexo, through the work of our people and our Foundation have been long time supporters of the Detroit community," said Sodexo District Manager Peter Verbruggen. "With successes like the Feeding Our Future program, which provided more than 130,000 summer meals to area school children, and the more than $65,000 in grants to Gleaners, this event is sure to be another way Sodexo and the DIA can contribute to a hunger-free Detroit.”

Dining for Dollars is a guest chef program created by the Sodexo Chefs Association featuring unique signature menus that are sold to its customers at its site restaurants to raise funds supporting the partnership program between Sodexo and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Proceeds supply back packs of non-perishable food items to needy school children and their families in various school districts in the greater Detroit area.

John Kastler, Information Systems Services Vice President of Gleaners, will be at the DIA following the event to receive the monetary donation from Sodexo Executive Chef Randy Fowler and Sodexo General Manager Wes Jackson.

Regular Hours and Admission:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

About Sodexo:
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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