Most days, our Sodexo partners would be busy preparing meals for our corporate office in Nashville. During the COVID-19 crisis, days are anything but normal.
Joanne Pulles saw a prime opportunity to help the city’s homeless community. “The organization made an incredible commitment to keep all of us employed during this time,” she says. “We really did not have work for our Sodexo partners to do, but we wanted to keep them busy and employed.”
Joanne says the community needed someone to make meals for homeless people in a shelter set up by the city. “I reached out to a contact at Second Harvest Food Bank and shared with her that we had kitchens available and people who could do the work. The pieces came together in record time.”
Each day, as many as 25 Sodexo employees prepare 600 ready-to-eat meals, using food donated by Second Harvest, and deliver them to the temporary shelter for homeless residents.
“It’s all good,” Joanne says. “We keep our people employed, work with a valued community partner and provide wonderful meals for our homeless neighbors.”
(Pictured at top, from left: Dr. Joyce Williams, ICC Intensivist; Tessa Starkey, RN; Rachel Oddo, BSN, RN; Kevin Homen, RN; Kimberly Harvey, BSN, RN, CCRN, TriStar Centennial Medical Center)