The University of Maine, a New England Council member, is currently reviewing three proposals from groups to help the university reach its commitment to purchase 20% local food by 2020.
The University of Maine system is not releasing the names of applicants, but has stated that the process was competitive. UMaine’s current food contract, worth $8.6 million per year, ends in July 2016. UMaine has stated that they will announce the winner of the food services contract by January 2016. The criteria of the contract include the stipulation for their commitment to serving 20% of their food from within 175 miles from the campus at which it is served.
Rudy Gabrielson, chief procurement officer for the UMaine System said, “We received a strong response from potential vendors and look forward to moving ahead with our goal of 20 percent local food by 2020. We’re already engaging with the community about how best to carry out this initiative and appreciate the discussion and feedback, both now and when the award is announced.”
The New England Council praises the University of Maine system for their commitment to local food.
For more information, see this Bangor Daily News article.