Official: Aramark saved D-424 $30K

GENOA – Aramark representatives reviewed their performance managing the food services for Genoa-Kingston School District 424 at the school’s board meeting Tuesday.

The company is a provider of food services, facilities and clothing. Aramark was contracted by the district about a year ago to manage the food services department.

The school district saved $30,000 since Aramark has been working with it, said Brad Shortridge, the district’s assistant superintendent.

Aramark was the lowest bidder when the district was considering outsourcing the management of its food services. Selecting it was financially beneficial for the school district, said Joe Burgess, the district’s superintendent. 

“They are very willing to make changes and they obviously want to improve,” Burgess said.  

For the school district’s food service in the past year, the company managed to meet or exceed the requirements of the U.S Department of Agriculture and Illinois State Board of Education, said Stephanie Romic, the company’s regional district manager. The company introduced a food production system that improved the handling of food for the district, she said. 

Aramark also implemented several features to make the meal services throughout the school district more appealing to students. For Genoa-Kingston Middle School, Aramark implemented 12 Spot, a dining program that creates an inviting atmosphere for middle school students. 

Next year, the company will start back-to-school training for the food service teams in the district. It plans to improve production, safety and customer service skills among the teams. 

While Aramark wants to drive up participation in meal services overall next year, they also want to focus on improving participation in breakfast meals, Romic said. It plans to make it more appealing by making the meals more interactive. Aramark also plans to continue with themed menus and conducting surveys with parents. 

“We work really hard on making sure we are very consistent with our product at every location we have here in the district,” Romic said.