Ridgefield’s new schools food service provider will put ‘new options’ on the menu

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield Public Schools has contracted with a new food service provider, promising new options in the cafeteria.

The new supplier, Aramark, replaces Chartwells (Compass Group), whose contract with Ridgefield Schools had ended.

“Aramark’s commitment to excellence, affordability, the environment and diversity were all important in this decision,” the district said in a statement.

Aramark provides catering facilities and services, hospitality management and other services. The district selected the company after issuing a request for proposals for new food service providers, Superintendent Susie Da Silva said.

The contract with Aramark is for one year and the district may extend it for longer, she said.

“Families will see new options on school menus,” Jill Browne, the school’s finance director, said in the announcement. “All schools will continue to use LunchTime SoftWare, so any balance from the previous year will carry over to the current school year.”

RPS’ new Director of Food Services, Eric Nickelson, has worked for Aramark since 2009, when he started as a student worker.

A native of South Dakota, Nickelson brings a strong work ethic, years of experience in the restaurant business and a passion for collaboration to the district, according to Ridgefield Schools.

US Department of Agriculture is ending the COVID-19 era free lunch program. Ridgefield Public School families who are eligible for a free or reduced price lunch will need to complete the form, which can be found by visiting ridgefield.org/food_services.

“We look forward to providing our children with healthy, fun and well-balanced lunch options,” Da Silva said.

Aramark will be hiring full-time and part-time servers starting this week. For more information, visit [email protected]