Norma Whitford is everyone’s favorite DC staple; she’s a long-term Sodexo employee and familiar figure during the rush of meal times. We sat down with her to uncover a bit more about the person we all know and love. Norma takes us through her career working for Sodexo to a chat about family life in small-town Greenville.

What is one of your favorite memories you hold from all your years working for Sodexo Dining Commons?

In high school we had a lot of fun. We played a lot. It was common to find us having a water fight in the dish room or sleeping in the Krober room. It was just fun. Now that I’m a mom and supervisor I have to be good. 

Do you have a favorite part of the year these days?

Anticipation for the new school year and seeing everyone come back. Introduction to the new faces. I have had the massive honor and privilege of being a part of recording this history. I’ve met the most remarkable, wonderful people through this project

Did you know?
Sodexo touches the lives of 75 million consumers in 80 countries every day. In North America alone, we serve more than 15 million consumers at 9,000 client sites.

What is your favorite meal to serve?

It has to be some of the Mindful Salads, and the oven-baked turkey with apricot glaze.

dsc_7284-7Do you have any hidden talents?

I went to the New York Restaurant School and got a pastry degree. I love decorating cakes and making up new dessert ideas for the students.

How many long have you worked here?

Eight years at the college, but fifteen years with Sodexo.

“Norma is like my white mama. I love her; she is selfless and caring. She makes sure I eat every single day and puts money in my pocket by giving me a job.” — Jarrid Williams

Do you have any words of wisdom for students after seeing so many move through the college?

Things will get tough, but if you have the willpower to succeed and you don’t ever 

give up you can accomplish so much. Keep working.

By: Anna Evans

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