Centerplate – the food and beverage partner to the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) – has reached a milestone of one million meals served to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centerplate team has prepared several thousand meals per day for San Diegans temporarily residing in the San Diego Convention Center, which opened as an emergency shelter on April 1, 2020 under the project name Operation Shelter to Home. The operation has safely sheltered thousands of people and so far connected more than 1,200 to permanent or longer-term housing.
At peak, job opportunities were provided to 82 Centerplate employees as a result by serving the new clients. Even with resident numbers decreasing, work was still provided for 65 employees after regular event activity was put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. Operation Shelter to Home is currently funded through March 2021.
„It is our honour to play our part in supporting the local residents and community of San Diego.“
"The efforts of our team have been admirable, and to do so while adhering to stringent safety protocols has been even more noteworthy," stated Steve Pangburn, CEO, Centerplate / Sodexo Sports & Leisure. "It is our honour to play our part in supporting the local residents and community of San Diego, and I believe this epitomises the service spirit that we promote throughout our entire Sodexo family on a daily basis."