Mississippi district rejects contract, goes self-op

Decision hinged on foodservice providing an after-school snack.

June 3—The Columbus (Miss.) School District will hire some additional employees to handle the nutrition program after it rejected a $94,258 per year proposal from Aramark, The Commercial Dispatch reports.

In the past, board members have expressed concern that some children in the district go hungry between the time they leave school and arrive the next day. Board members have repeatedly asked if Aramark could prepare a cost analysis of what it would cost the district to send children home with a "backpack snack" each day. Board member Jason Spears said Aramark failed to address that issue in their bid proposal.