A new vendor will provide meals for people in the Larimer County Jail and alternative sentencing department starting this week.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners approved the two-year contracts for Summit Food Service LLC to provide meals for both facilities beginning Tuesday.
Annual costs are estimated to be $681,719 for Larimer County alternative sentencing and community corrections and $723,302 for the Larimer County Jail, according to county documents.
Aramark was the county’s previous vendor, spokesperson Michelle Bird said. Under the previous contract, food service for community corrections and alternative sentencing cost about $650,000 annually, Bird said. The cost for services in the jail was not available as of Monday afternoon.
During the public comment portion of the Feb. 2 commissioners meeting, a resident shared concerns about the quality of the food currently provided in the facilities.
The county’s decision to change food vendors was not related to the quality of the food provided but the inability for the previous vendor to keep experienced and adequate staff, County Manager Linda Hoffmann said during the meeting. The previous vendor also provided inconsistent packaging quality, Hoffmann said.
“There was never a problem … with anything having to do with the USDA graded quality of the foods being supplied,” Hoffmann said.
There is also a provision in the agreements that the county can terminate the contract if it’s not satisfied with the food quality or service, Hoffmann said. The contracts also specify the food-grade parameters the supplier must meet.
The commissioners unanimously approved the contracts during the Feb. 2 administrative matters meeting.
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