Starting 15 December this year, the foodservice company will establish a student-led dining advisory board, support recruitment and retention efforts and deliver a Kentucky-inspired culinary experience to more than 10,000 students, faculty and staff.
A university committee selected Sodexo following a comprehensive review of vendor proposals on 8 October.
Sodexo North America’s senior vice-president Cal Thetford said: “We’re excited to create a customised campus dining experience infused with flavour, fun, variety and convenience.
“We’re looking forward to working with Murray State to bring our shared vision of having renowned concepts, popular franchises and national and proprietary brands as part of the community.”
Sodexo will offer its Simple Servings concept to serve healthy menu choices such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products and eggs.
Simple Servings staff members will be trained to avoid allergen and gluten cross-contact, as well as to gain knowledge of different dietary requirements.
Sodexo will work collaboratively with the university’s farming and local business communities to source local, sustainably grown products.
The company will also work with and support the university’s food waste and recovery initiatives to explore ways to use unsold food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets as meals for the homeless and the poor.