Sodexo to bring more options for student lunches

Is your child tired of eating the same thing week-after-week for lunch at school?

New offerings are on the way following a vote last Tuesday by the Oberlin board of education to approve a $33,225 contract with Sodexo for the upcoming school year.

The change in management came after the district lost $40,000 in the lunchroom fund this past year.

That loss was due to changes made in the middle of the year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve students healthier lunches with less sugar and fat, school treasurer Angela Dotson said.

“We’re expected to lose close to $30,000 next year,” said interim superintendent Jim Eibel. “We’re hoping in three years not to lose any money.”

Sodexo guarantees the district’s loss could not be more than $22,500 by the end of the year and any cash exceeding that amount would be covered by the company.

Dotson said Sodexo expects a five percent increase in lunch purchases this coming school year. The company has seen an increase in each district it has entered.

Sodexo also provides food services at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.

“It’s more a restaurant type of feel,” Eibel said of the soon-to-expand options.

The new plan calls for a fruit and vegetable bar in every school, Dotson said.

Dotson expects food cost to drop by switching to Sodexo because the district will be able to purchase food through the company and in bulk.

The district will not lose any lunch staff and only has to hire a Sodexo manager to run the district’s lunchrooms, which is covered by the contract.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.