GAITHERSBURG, Md. — After a comprehensive review of vendor proposals by a committee representing University constituents, Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving quality of life, has been selected to provide dining services to the Murray State University campus community in Kentucky of more than 10,000 students, faculty and staff beginning Dec. 15. The University’s Board of Regents’ subcommittee established to review the recommendation approved the contract Monday, Oct. 8.
Sodexo will work closely with University leadership to establish a student-led dining advisory board, increased support of recruitment and retention efforts and to deliver a Kentucky Proud custom culinary experience.
“We’re excited to create a customized campus dining experience infused with flavor, fun, variety and convenience,” said Cal Thetford, senior vice president, Universities, Sodexo North America. “We’re looking forward to working with Murray State to bring our shared vision of having renowned concepts, popular franchises and national and proprietary brands as part of the community.”
In addition to immediately expanding the variety of fare, Sodexo will offer its award-winning Simple Servings concept, which offers safe, healthy and delicious options that are free from common allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products and eggs.
All options are also free from gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid allergen and gluten cross-contact and encouraged to get to know students with dietary restrictions, and work to ensure they are not only safe, but socially included in the dining experience.
Sodexo also has plans to work closely with the University’s farm and local business community to purchase local, seasonal, sustainably grown and raised products.
“We are pleased to work with Sodexo to expand our campus community’s dining options. During the evaluation process, it was apparent to us that they share our commitment to providing an exemplary student experience, including high-quality dining options,” said Dr. Bob Jackson, interim president of Murray State University. “Together, we will work to enhance the culinary experience for all those who live, work and visit our campus.”
On every campus that Sodexo has a presence, it is committed to helping those in need, reducing waste and conserving energy. Sodexo will work with and support Murray State’s food waste and food recovery initiatives and explore ways to transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmers markets into meals for people experiencing hunger.
Sodexo Universities provides food and facilities management services at more than 625 colleges and universities, where it employs more than 47,000 people across North America. Sodexo Universities focuses on optimizing each clients’ physical, social and academic environment to help create the best possible student experience.