Food Service

  • 199 of 545 districts (36.5 percent) contract out for food services.

  • 21 districts began new contracts for food services in 2013.

Graphic 2: Districts Contracting Food Service

Graphic 2: Districts Contracting Food Service - click to enlarge

* Data were not collected in 2004.

Graphic 3: Districts New to Food Service Contracting

Atherton Community Schools

Maple Valley Schools

Bellaire Public Schools

Mason County Eastern Schools

Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools

Montrose Community Schools

Cass City Public Schools

Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

Cassopolis Public Schools

Port Hope Community Schools

Chippewa Valley Schools

Riverview Community Schools

Forest Area Community Schools

Saranac Community Schools

Fowler Public Schools

Tekonsha Community Schools

Freeland Community Schools

Vanderbilt Area Schools

Fruitport Community Schools

White Pigeon Community Schools

Holt Public Schools


School districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program have their operations highly regulated. The food service programs are supposed to be self-sustaining and any surplus from the food program cannot be spent on general school operations.

Because of these regulations, private providers of this service tend to be larger, nationwide firms. Chartwells is perhaps the largest school support service contractor in the state, but Sodexo, Aramark and Taher also provide schools food service.

Of the districts that began food service contracts in 2013, nine were with one of these four firms. Ten of the districts new to contracting were employee-leasing arrangements.

Vanderbilt Area Schools and Port Hope Community Schools began using local vendors for food services in 2013.