SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) – School districts in Illinois are set to make their own decisions about food suppliers on Friday.
According to a press release from State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), Bill 4813 passed tonight and is now heading to the governor’s office.
The bill would no longer require school districts to accept the lowest bidder for food service contracts under the National School Lunch Program.
Gordan-Booth said she spearheaded the initiative after seeing shoddy food being served at local schools.
“Students deserve healthy, high-quality meals that help them grow and learn,” Gordon-Booth said. “For too long, our laws have locked school districts in a race to the bottom for ‘full service to the lowest bidder’ contracts that have disproportionately hurt low-income and minority students. Today, we took action to change that.
The proposal will allow school districts to score potential foodservice providers with a matrix to better evaluate contractors, providing great flexibility to consider food quality, vendor history, and student and staff feedback. .