Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Moore announced that the department has issued an intent to award a contract to ARAMARK for the management of food services at state prisons. ARAMARK will provide food services for inmates in 55 prisons and other department facilities.
The contract is expected to save approximately $8 million the first year. DOC plans to start phasing in services in July 2001, with all facilities operational by September 30.
"We look forward to working together in this new partnership with the State of Florida," said Norm Miller, President of ARAMARK Correctional Services. "This is an outstanding opportunity for ARAMARK to create economic value for the DOC."
Correctional officers and department employees currently staff the prison kitchens. Over 280 officers will remain in kitchens for security purposes. The remainder will transfer into other security positions. This allows officers to focus on their true mission of security and public safety.
Contract negotiations are underway and will be completed in June.
ARAMARK is the leading provider of food, laundry, commissary and other support services to correctional facilities across the United States, serving the needs of over 235,000 inmates in over 350 institutions. The contract with the State of Florida will add 132 sites and approximately 70,000 inmates.