Boise State to switch food vendor for first time in 16 years

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Boise State University is saying goodbye to its longtime food vendor Aramark.

The university’s dining selected Chartwells Higher Ed as the new food vendor. Chartwells’ website touts its dedication to sustainability and calls itself “food-forward difference-makers.”

Aramark was the university’s vendor since 2006, its most recent contract expires this year. Three firms, Chartwells, Sodexo, and Aramark each submitted service proposals. Chartwells beat out the other foodservice vendors and won a five-year contract with Boise State starting July 1.

Aramark’s time at Boise State did not come without controversies. As Boise Weekly reported, some students pushed back in 2020 with complaints the food servicer profited from contracts with prisons.

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The Associated Students of Boise State University passed a resolution that claimed Aramark breached its contract with Boise State by not keeping some foodservice locations open and cutting hours, The Arbiter reported.

A few weeks later The Arbiter reported Aramark had responded and gave students $100 in flex credits, a reusable to-go box, worked with Crave Delivery to allow students to use flex dollars to purchase hot meals on campus, allowed food trucks on campus to accept flex, and gave each mandatory plan five additional meal equivalencies.

The vice president of campus services Nicole Nimmons put out a statement saying they are “excited” to start working with Chartwells. The new food service provider told Boise State it would bring new food concepts, make the food accessible through a wide variety and varying price points, and maximize the dining value.

“We are excited to embark on a partnership with Chartwells, to meet the innovation and service needs that reflect our vision for food services,” Nimmons said. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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