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Thanksgiving: A time for reflection, gratitude, and your food recovery story

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As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, many of us are reminded of all the things in life for which we are grateful – our loving families, our supportive friends, the opportunity to contribute through work and vocation, the roof over our heads, and of course, the food that we eat to keep us sustained and gratified. Yet sadly, this is not the case for everyone. Thanksgiving can be a trying time of year especially for those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, let alone whether they will be able to enjoy a multiple-course Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s a stark reminder of why the food recovery programs supported by Compass Group USA are so critical. And thanks to the support of employees and partners of Compass Group USA, many of those less fortunate have the opportunity to not only have a plentiful Thanksgiving meal but to have fulfilling, nutritious meals for an ongoing and sustained length of time.

Indeed, the stories shared in Food for Thought highlight the positive impact these food recovery programs have on local communities. James Lee, a Regional District Manager at Chartwells Higher Education, and ktleifer, a Food for Thought contributor, have both detailed the significant contribution that Chartwells Higher Education and De Paul University have made to the local St Vincent De Paul food pantry (it’s well over tens of thousands of meals!).

And tmccreary, another Food for Thought contributor, has explained how Chartwells K12 has worked with Beech Grove City Schools to rescue 5,595 food items for Servant’s Heart, the local food pantry, within just two months.

This dedication to food recovery, reducing food waste and helping those in need is clearly widespread in the Compass Group USA community. Food for Thought contributor Providence Healthcare Network, based in Waco, Texas, has helped make a dream come true and kicked off their food recovery efforts by donating recovered food and additional canned goods to their local food bank, Caritas.

It is stories like these that make us realize how thankful we are. These stories also provide Compass Group USA with insight so they can enhance their community and celebrate the fantastic work of their employees and partners.

So if you have a food recovery story, we would love for you to share it! Perhaps like Laura Henning, Marketing Manager at Chartwells Higher Education, you’ve dedicated your personal time to helping those in need. Or perhaps you, or someone you know, has been supported by a local food pantry. Either way, sharing your story makes a difference and as we think about all the reasons for which we want to say thanks, we can’t think of better of saying it than through a story.

And, by sharing your story, did you know that you could win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards? Share your food recovery story by December 2, 2016, and you will automatically go into the drawing to win (winners drawn at random on December 12, 2016).

To enter, simply follow these easy steps:

1) Sign up.

2) Follow the instructions in your email and log in.

3) Share your story.

Don’t forget to select the Food for Thought community when you share. We can’t wait to wait read your food recovery story!

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