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Sodexo returns to HU for dining services

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020

Huntington University has announced the transition to its new dining services partner, Sodexo. This partnership began on August 1.

“Sodexo is elated to be returning to a partnership with Huntington University,” said Steve Chavira, Sodexo district manager. “Sodexo has a rich history of food service with schools in Indiana, and we are excited to be adding Huntington back into our business. Our roots in Indiana will allow us to deploy a wide web of support from other institutions, as well as our internal support team. We are excited for our new dining program and cannot wait to have students back dining with us.”

Sodexo has over 50 years of industry experience, as they have grown to impact 100 million consumers daily. Sodexo promises resident dining that provides continuous, all-you-care-to-eat offerings. A chef will design food-forward dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and authentic cuisines. Highlights include Simple Servings, an approach to allergen-free dining, brick oven pizza and breakfast all day.

“I am pleased that Sodexo has agreed to be our new dining service provider,” said Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for student life. “One aspect of our Faith Forward 2022 strategic plan is to deliver a top shelf dining experience for our students. We believe that with Sodexo we can achieve this goal.”

Chief Operating Officer Dr. Russ Degitz agrees, stating that Sodexo “did an outstanding job of working with us from a financial standpoint, quality standpoint and service assurances.”

Safety is a top priority in the dining program at Huntington University. According to Sodexo, the precautions that guests will see as they dine on campus include: dining team members wearing masks and gloves and practicing appropriate hand washing procedures; additional cleaning and sanitizing of the kitchen, serving lines and dining room; dining team members serving our guests at each station along with offering pre-packed items for grab and go; directional/informational signage and staff monitoring to support social distancing; plexiglass barriers added to all stations and the cashier entrance and touchless payment and transaction POS systems.

“I am looking forward to working with the members of Sodexo to continue to give HU students a top-of-the-line dining service,” said Josh Wilson, vice president of HU’s Student Government Association (SGA). “Students in the fall can expect a dining experience that is tailored both to the current circumstances as well as the individual needs of students. Sodexo is enthusiastic about serving the current needs of our campus and is eager to hear feedback from students.”

Sodexo states its commitment to providing nutrition education support for Huntington University through efforts such as: ensuring accurate menus and labeling that highlight nutritional information; an accessible executive chef and staff who are trained in handling food allergen requests and concerns; continuing to market and educate on the Simple Servings, vegan and vegetarian stations in the Dining Commons and incorporating the award-winning Mindful platform featuring menu items with strict nutritional guidelines sprinkled throughout the dining program, making it easy to identify a healthy choice.

“As a global company, Sodexo brings incredible resources to the table,” said Coffey. “We look forward to exploring how this new partnership will benefit HU and the broader Huntington community going forward.”