By Evan Wheaton
An exclusive statement issued from Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper at 2:06 p.m. to The Springfield Student:
“We are working closely with Aramark and Harvest Table to ensure a smooth transition. I am very excited about Harvest Table’s commitment to additive free, responsibly sourced and locally procured foods. I anticipate that students will see a marked difference within just a few weeks.”
On Monday, Feb. 10 at 1:21 p.m., Springfield College announced its partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group.
President Mary-Beth Cooper released a statement on Springfield College’s website on the coming transition.
“Our students have spoken and we have listened. Our move to Harvest Table complements the College’s dedication to the health and nutritional needs of our campus community, especially our students. We believe Harvest Table shares the same core values and our Humanics philosophy. We look forward to this new partnership and look forward to hearing from our students, faculty, and staff, as this partnership begins and develops throughout the spring semester.”
Over the course of the semester, Springfield College and Harvest will be working together to make changes to dining services, most notably in Cheney Hall.
Springfield has promised full transparency about nutritional and allergen information as well as a mobile-friendly dining website. New recipes have also been promised.
According to Springfield College, menu development during this transitional period will be based on “guest insights, health and wellness commitments, emerging trends, seasonality, and community feedback.”
There will be notable updates to chicken, pork, deli meat, milk and yogurt. There will also be new brands used, such as Barilla Pasta, Sir Kensington condiments, InHarvest Grains, Tabasco hot sauces, Chobani Greek yogurts, King Arthur and Sambazon Acai.
Cheney Hall is also to be additive-free with all meals made from scratch. Harvest Table’s presence will eventually carry into the Union.
Cooper released another statement on the changes to dining services:
“We’re excited that Harvest Table plans to embrace our greater Springfield community partners and create new local partnerships, keeping in line with our mission to serve others.”
*This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available*
Featured photo courtesy of Irene Rotondo