Food Services Update
- June 2019 - Request for Information Document issued and shared with community food vendors
- July 2019 - Vendor recommendation committee convened
- August 6, 2019 - additional information provided to potential vendors who have submitted RFIs
- August 15, 2019 - Committee reviews and scores vendor submissions to make recommendations to the Vice President of College Services
- September 30, 2019 - First day of Fall term
On April 11, 2019, the LCC Board of Education voted to discontinue internally-managed food services and transition to a locally-sourced partnership model with community food vendors. In early June, 2019, Lane’s College Services department issued a Request for Information (RFI), which was distributed through community and social media contacts in the food and beverage industry, and also shared with community organizations that support small and emerging food businesses, such as the Small Business Development Center, NEDCO, and the Huerto De La Familia Cambios program. There is no closing date for the RFI, and submissions continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.
Several vendors have responded to the RFI and provided information about their current operations and how they might partner with LCC to provide food services to students and employees. Vendors may tour the facilities on appointment, and may amend their submissions at any time. A submission to the RFI does not create a contract or obligation to enter into an agreement to provide services.
An advisory committee has been formed to provide input and perspective on identified issues related to food services on campus, such as affordability (especially for students), local sourcing and partnerships, sustainability, operational feasibility, and cultural contribution to the campus environment. We’ve also shared financial information with potential vendors to ensure full transparency regarding the market and potential sales for on-campus operations. Our goal is to provide the best information and support possible to build strong partnerships that will benefit students and the college community.
The committee is currently working to design a rubric to score vendor submissions. In addition to the committee, several students and employees across campus will be asked to participate and score submissions. Once submissions are scored, recommendations will be made to the Vice President of College Services for a final contracting decision.
Grab & go food options will be available throughout the summer at the Titan Store, except for a short period of closure to allow for a transition of operations to Follett Higher Education management in the last half of August. During that time, food will still be available for purchase on the first floor of the Center building, through a collaboration between the Titan Store and the campus Catering Department.
We hope to have vendors on campus and ready to serve breakfast and lunch by the first week of fall term, 2019. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding food services, or you’d like to provide feedback to the advisory committee, we’d love to hear from you.
Interim Executive Director of College Services