February 5, 2013
Union announces partnership with Sodexo
Submitted by Audrey Taggart-Kagdis
The K-State Student Union changed the management of its food service operations. Effective Jan. 2, Union food service is being managed by Sodexo Inc., a leading provider of integrated food management services in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Sodexo brings a deep commitment to our students and to providing tremendous customer service to Union patrons,” said Audrey Taggart-Kagdis, Union assistant director.
In response to the former food service provider’s notice of intent to terminate its services received in September 2012, the Union sought options from other food service management companies. The Union hosted several open forums and meetings with student leadership, university administration, faculty and staff and Union employees to inform the K-State community about the potential change and its effect on the Union food service operations.
As a result of their ability to address and evaluate the Union’s current food service operation and to provide realistic ideas to strengthen the Union’s offerings, the Union Governing Board voted to approve Sodexo as the new food service provider. The Student Governing Association passed a resolution on Nov. 15, 2012, in support of the Union Governing Board’s decision.
Sodexo will manage all dining locations operated by the former provider within the Union, Hale Library, Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Child Development. Existing catering contracts and promotional and discount programs will be honored.
Food service hourly employees were offered the opportunity to retain their positions with matching or improving benefits. Sodexo will provide expanded training and development opportunities, all of which will focus on providing an exceptional dining experience for the K-State campus. Matt Pray will continue on as the general manager of Union food services.
Sodexo is an industry leader and has a rich history in commitment to diversity, sustainability and wellness initiatives.
“The Union looks forward to this new partnership and the positive changes that are expected to come from it,” said Bill Smriga, Union director.