SSP America Partners with Meals on Wheels America to Support Homebound Older Adults
7-Jun-2021 | SSP News Release
New Corporate Partnership Program Will Raise Funds to Help Reduce Senior Hunger and Isolation
SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced a new Corporate Partnership program with Meals on Wheels America, the organization leading one of the largest and most effective social movements with its support of more than 5,000 community-based programs operating in virtually every community across the United States.
As part of its Corporate Partnership, SSP America, key supplier partners, and its team members across the United States will implement a series of initiatives designed to help provide nutritious meals to older adults served by the Meals on Wheels network. The initiatives include product promotions in its restaurants with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to Meals on Wheels America and employee engagement and fundraising activities in local communities.
Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP America commented, “SSP America is working hard to manage the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our operations. Simultaneously, we are determined to help senior citizens in the communities we serve who experience hunger and loneliness. Our team has a passion for volunteerism and lives by a principal of service from the heart. We’re looking forward to working as a team in each of the communities where we operate to help our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.”
We’re incredibly grateful and proud to be working with SSP America and its employees to address senior hunger and isolation,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Even before COVID, nearly 10 million seniors in America struggled with hunger, 8 million lived in isolation and more than 7 million had incomes below the poverty line. Providing travelers with the opportunity to give back while they dine will help ensure that no senior is hungry, alone, or left behind.
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
SSP America is a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafés, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. Prior to the onset of Covid-19, we served around one and a half million customers every day at approximately 180 airports and 300 rail stations in 35 countries around the world and operated more than 550 international, national, and local brands across our c. 2,700 units.
The SSP America team is driven by a shared vision to bring authentic restaurant experiences to every airport in North America. Our employees have a passion for exceptional food served by people who believe in heartfelt hospitality. Our airport partners trust SSP America to deliver a world-class portfolio of brands with broad passenger appeal and lasting commercial viability. Our brand heroes trust us to bring a taste of place to their hometown airport.
About Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.