Chartwells becomes next campus food provider

The university is saying goodbye to Sodexo and hello to Chartwells as the new campus food service provider.

UNA chose to sign a contract with Chartwells after reviewing three proposals from campus food service providers, including current provider Sodexo, and listening to feedback from students, faculty and staff about dining options on campus, according to an email from Assistant Vice President of Business Services Cindy Conlon.

The transition will be in place by June 1, according to the email.

“I think that if (Chartwells) deliver(s) on what they said they were going to bring to campus, I think it will be a better option for students,” said Student Government Association President Sarah Green. “It’s going to be hopefully better financially for the meal plans for students, and I think food options will be better.”

Chartwells proposal offered healthy options such as local produce, hormone free food choices and a sustainability plan that included recycling and composting.

Panda Express, Moe’s Southwest Grill and an updated Einstein’s in the Guillot University Center and an artesian pizza and craft beer restaurant inside the Stone Lodge are all a part of Chartwells’ proposal.

“The Chartwells’ solution will provide more flexible dining plans, more dining options, innovative technology solutions to expedite services, online ordering for catering, an update to existing food venues and an addition of several new venues,” according to Conlon’s email.

Sodexo’s proposal included a new vegan and vegetarian table in Towers Cafeteria and an app allowing students to see what is available to eat on campus each day and the nutritional facts behind each food item.

The Sodexo proposal also included an upgraded Mein Bowl, a Steak-n-Shake in the GUC and a Moe’s Southwest Grill in the Student Recreation Center.