In response to the guest column published March 14 asking that the University of Florida require fair wages and working conditions in any new food contract, let me say that Aramark strongly supports that goal at UF and everywhere we do business.

Our team at UF is passionate about serving students and contributing to the university’s success. At UF and across the country, Aramark invests in solutions and community partnerships that improve access to healthy food, address food insecurity and improve employment skills.

A few things we’re doing to ethically and sustainably serve Gator Nation:

We’re promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth by providing productive employment for our employees. Our UF employees all live in the Gainesville area and are Gator family — including 279 students, over half of our workforce. Fourteen managers are UF alum. Over 160 have been with us over five years; some as many as 25 years.

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