Local food partnerships a demand in UK contract decision

As the University of Kentucky looks to outsource foodservice, students demand local fare.

April 4—As the University of Kentucky weighs the pros and cons of going contract with its foodservices, students are making themselves heard about what they want to stay the same, regardless of the university's decision.

While there is no formal deadline to make a decision, interested parties including faculty and students are pressing the university to include contract requirements that ensure a strong connection between the school and local food growers should the UK decide to privatize. UK agricultural economics professor Lee Meyer says the university should not only maintain its bond with Kentucky Proud sellers but expand it.