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Columbus Blue Jackets, Delaware North SportsService Join NHL's Effort to Distribute Unused Concession Food to Those in Need

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets' food service provider at Nationwide Arena, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, is leading the organizations' efforts to fight hunger in central Ohio. In conjunction with the partnership between the National Hockey League and Rock and Wrap It Up!, Sportservice has committed this season to pack up any prepared but uneaten concession food on game nights for redistribution to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Second Servings program.

This season, all 30 NHL teams will ensure that their excess in-arena food doesn't go to waste and that fewer North Americans go to bed hungry, making the NHL the first sports league to have all of its member clubs participate in Rock and Wrap It Up! or equivalent local programs.

"Sportservice prepares large amounts of many different foods for thousands of Blue Jackets fans to enjoy, so even with careful planning and cooking many dishes fresh, we do end up with food that would otherwise go to waste," said Robert Thormeier, General Manager of Sportservice at Nationwide Arena. "We're very excited to be able to package that food up for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and work with the Blue Jackets on this great initiative."

"We're very happy to participate in League's overall effort to fight hunger and we hope that our local donations to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank will make a difference for those who need it in our own community," added Wendy Bradshaw, Columbus Blue Jackets Director of Community Development.

"We're proud to be part of a great initiative from the Blue Jackets and the NHL, and thank Rock and Wrap It Up! and Sportservice for helping us to feed more of our hungry neighbors in central Ohio this winter season," said Matt Habash, Mid-Ohio Foodbank President and CEO. "Food requests at our member pantries are up 44 percent over the last five years and programs like Second Servings help us to meet this unparalleled demand."

Second Servings is a program through Mid-Ohio Foodbank to collect prepared but unserved food from food service establishments and deliver it to Franklin County soup kitchens, after-school programs for disadvantaged children and emergency shelters. Donors include restaurants, caterers, college, university, corporate and hospital kitchens. For more information about Second Servings or the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, visit www.midohiofoodbank.org or call (614) 274-7770.

Rock and Wrap it Up! was founded by Syd Mandelbaum, a forensic scientist by trade, who in 1991 coupled his love of music and passion for wiping out hunger by collecting and redistributing leftover food from rock concerts. RWU was launched nationwide in 1994 with the support of MTV. It has since broadened its scope to include collaboration with more than 150 bands, 200 schools and universities more than 50 sports franchises to collect in excess of 100 million pounds of food that have fed more than 200 million people. For more information, visit www.rockandwrapitup.org.

Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides concessions, gourmet catering, fine dining and retail operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a global hospitality management and food service provider. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first home game of the club’s 10th season. Ticket prices start at $22 and are available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, 20-, 10- and six-game packages and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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