Creative Dining Services (CDS) has honored several of its employees based at Hope College for their volunteer commitment to a local food bank.

Zeeland-based CDS manages the college's Haworth Inn and Conference Center as well as the dining services at Hope, which include the Phelps Hall Dining Hall, Cook Hall Servery and Kletz Snack Bar.

The team of employees, a mix of hourly staff and managers, received the company's 2010 "Community Service Award" for assisting First Reformed Church and Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland in distributing food provided through the churches' sponsorship of a truck from Feeding America - West Michigan Food Bank each month.  The staff volunteers, often accompanied by members of their families, help organize and distribute the food.  A total of 22 employees have volunteered for the effort, four to seven each month.

The staff team was recognized during a meeting of the fall CDS managers held at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center on Tuesday, Oct. 5.  The award included a plaque for the team as well as a $500 check for Feeding America - West Michigan Food Bank from CDS.

CDS provides hospitality management services to 64 clients throughout the country, including Fortune 100 companies, colleges and universities, conference centers, corporate dining, full-service retirement communities, elementary and secondary schools and camps.  CDS has managed Hope's dining services since the company was founded in 1990, and the Haworth Inn and Conference Center since the facility opened in 1997.