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Food Service Contract Saves Plainfield Schools $290K: District

Cutting ties with Sodexho "kind of like losing a family member," board president says.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

District 202 will save about $290,000 next year after the Board of Education approved an agreement to make Aramark Educational Services the district’s new food services vendor.

However, the “savings” are somewhat bittersweet. 

Aramark will replace Sodexo, which has been the district’s food services partner since 2000.

“It’s kind of like losing a family member,” said Board of Education President Roger Bonuchi.

“Sodexo did a lot for our students and schools that went beyond simply serving food, and we thank them for their service,” he said. “However, we understand the fiscal realities, and we look forward to building a strong relationship with Aramark this year,” Bonuchi said.

With a year left on its current contract, Sodexo earlier this spring exercised an “out” clause in its contract because of challenging market conditions. That led the district to seek new bids for food services. 

Seven companies were invited, but only Aramark and Sodexo actually submitted bids. Aramark bid $5,627,952.92 for the 2014-15 school year, compared to Sodexo’s bid of $5,917,111.91. 

Aramark will have a one-year contract, with four, one-year options for renewal by mutual agreement. Sodexo had similar terms in its most recent bid, which was officially awarded in 2010.

Jerry June 11, 2014 at 07:10 AM
I wonder if any consideration at all was given to quality of the lunches. I always said whoever is responsible for administering these contracts should be required to travel to a different school each day. get in line, and buy a lunch. I wonder how long they'd keep selling the crap they do now. Parents, don't trust the health of your children to the lowest bidder....take five minutes in the morning and pack them a lunch. It's really not hard.
John Tips June 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM
It is about time that somebody began the process of saving tax payers dollars!
Sherri Olsen June 11, 2014 at 03:12 PM
I used to work for Preferred Meal Systems which is where both Sodexo and Aramark get their lunches along with thousands of public schools across the entire US and every major airline in the US. It will be the same food the students are used to. :)

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