DC Council to Examine Proposed DC Schools Food Contract

The D.C. Council is examining the city school system's decision to turn food service over to a new vendor.

The school system announced in May that it had selected SodexoMagic as its main food-service contractor. The company would replace Chartwells, which had its contract renewed even after it paid $19 million to settle claims that it cheated the system through price-gouging and fraud and served spoiled food to city schoolchildren.

An Associated Press investigation also found that Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson had asked Chartwells for a $100,000 contribution to a gala at the Kennedy Center honoring teachers. SodexoMagic has also donated to the gala.

The council's education committee will hear testimony about the contract award on Wednesday. The council has the power to approve or reject the contract.

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