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3 thoughts on “Food for thought

  1. Curious

    Have any of Chartwell’s detractors eaten at the dining services they operate locally?

    • North Asheville

      I’ve eaten at many events at UNCA catered by Chartwells. Food is of the highest quality; excellent servers. Lots of emphasis on local, fresh, sustainable.

  2. John Smith

    I wasn’t aware of this situation before seeing this cartoon. There is a good opinion piece in the Citizen-Times. Evidently Asheville City Schools are set to decide whether to let a for profit company feed public school students. This company is based in the UK and is publicly traded. So not local and all about making that $$! According to the article they prefer to hire temps or “contract workers”, a lot of complaints about food served, health department issues. I think outsourcing student meals is a bad idea. It is seemingly impossible that they can provide better, more nutritious meals for less money and still be as profitable as they are.

    “Chartwells is a privately owned food and beverage service, a division of Compass Group USA, a billion-dollar corporation. In 2015 Chartwells settled a D.C. False Claims Act Whistleblower lawsuit at $19 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged the city for food supplies. Allegations fell along the lines of Chartwells mishandling the contract by “delivering supplies late, delivering spoiled products and delivering food items in short supply.”” (McKenna Leavens)

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