Business and Employee Holiday Gifts Support an Important Cause this Holiday Season


Jaya K. Bohlmann
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Joining in the fight against hunger—During the 2009 holiday season Sodexo Motivation Solutions will donate a portion of their sales from gift cards to fight hunger

GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 12, 2009 –The fast approaching holiday season is a special time to recognize employees, co-workers and clients for their hard work over the past year.  Sodexo, a leading global foodservice and facilities management company offers easy to buy, easy to give business and employee gifts that are both flexible and cost effective. Sodexo Motivation Solutions, a division of Sodexo North America, has put together innovative and exciting gift options, many of which also support a good cause with a special donation.

Sodexo’s Esteem Pass Gift Cards are accepted at more than 40 nation-wide retailers, restaurants, hotels, theaters and more. These come in two themes:

* Memorable Moments—featuring leading retailers such as Macy’s, The Home Depot®, Borders®, Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and Bath & Body Works®
* Every Day—featuring conventional shopping favorites including CVS/pharmacy®, Regis Salons, Staples®, Fashion Bug®, Winn-Dixie Grocery, Regal Entertainment Group® theatres and Sally Beauty Supply

Sodexo’s Open Pass gift card is as good as cash and can be used everywhere Discover® is accepted for purchases ranging from gas and groceries to an elegant dinner or a vacation getaway.

Besides bringing joy and choice to the recipient, Esteem Pass holiday gift card and Open Pass will also make the holidays brighter for those facing financial struggles. For each card sold before December 11, 2009, Sodexo Motivation Solutions will donate $.50 to the Sodexo Foundation to stop hunger in America. The cards will be delivered with the message: With this purchase a donation was made to help stop hunger in America.

“More than 36 million people in the United States are at risk of hunger,” said Sodexo Director of Community Relations Shondra Jenkins. “A purchase of just eight cards can feed a family of four a hot meal this holiday season. So this is really a gift that gives twice—recognizing and honoring the recipient in addition to making a difference for families facing tough times.”
Esteem Pass and Open Pass gift cards are Discover® prepaid cards issued by Palm Desert National Bank pursuant to license from Discover Network. Sodexo Motivation Solutions is a registered ISO of Palm Desert National Bank.  These cards are sold business-to-business by Sodexo as a corporate reward and incentive and gifting solution. The cards are fulfilled and managed by Sodexo Motivation Solutions.

Sodexo also offers Vivabox, which combines the flexibility with a personal touch. Each gift box contains a token present and a gift card redeemable for the recipient’s choice of a number of items ranging in theme from “Fun with Photos” to Spa Beauty.

Each of the new gift and reward options can be customized for even greater personal impact. Find more information about Sodexo’s motivation solutions and products at


About the Sodexo Foundation
The Sodexo Foundation ( is the charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc. ( and is committed to being a driving and creative force that contributes to a hunger-free nation. The Sodexo Foundation supports innovative programs to help children and families in the United States who are battling problems such as poverty, unemployment, lack of education and food insecurity. Programs that the Foundation supports range from nutrition programs for children to job training for adults and affordable housing for families. Since its founding in 1999, the Foundation has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger and its root causes in America.

About Sodexo in North America and Motivation Solutions
Sodexo in North America ( is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo in North America 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 in North America, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, which owns and operates Sodexo Motivation Solutions. Sodexo in North America funds 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.

Sodexo Motivation Solutions, currently ranked second in the world in the prepaid card sector, offers meal and food vouchers, childcare vouchers, and prepaid gift cards across 30 countries with additional tailored gift programs in 24 countries

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