There is now a new food service provider at Allegheny College.
Aramark Higher Education took office effective July 1, according to an email to the Meadville Tribune from Ellen Johnson, Allegheny’s vice president for enrollment management. Contract details were not disclosed in the email.
Aramark Higher Education is a division of Philadelphia-based Aramark, a Fortune 200 global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, according to the company’s website.
Aramark replaces Homestead’s Parkhurst Dining LLC. Parkhust Dining is the contract dining division of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group of Pittsburgh.
There were 98 Parkhurst jobs cut with the change in food service vendors, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) notification Parkhurst filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in June.
However, 68 of those former Parkhurst employees have been rehired by Aramark.
According to the email, Aramark will upgrade menu options, improve mobile ordering and technology, add new stations at Brooks and McKinley restaurants with a focus on nutrition, and improve food quality.
“Aramark is committed to our sustainability mission and will partner with local and regional farms and other suppliers, including our own Carrden and local restaurants,” the email reads.
Students will also have access to a registered dietitian, according to Johnson’s email.
Allegheny will partner with Aramark at various events this summer to showcase the company.
In the email, Richard Iams, executive director of Aramark, said the company was excited to team up with the college.
“Our commitment to the Allegheny College community is that we will provide the highest level of hospitality and catering to students, faculty, and staff,” Iams said. “We are delighted to bring 68 former catering employees to Aramark. We had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful team at Allegheny College and we look forward to beginning to serve the community together.
In addition to these rehired employees from Parkhurst, Aramark is also looking to add at least nine management positions for its operations in Allegheny.
It is looking for a chef-manager, executive chef, restaurant manager, restaurant services manager, food services supervisor, marketing manager, human resources coordinator, accounting coordinator and services manager. student workers, according to job postings on the Aramark website.