New Brunswick

Chartwells confirms 12 schools are losing cafeteria services

The company that operates more than 100 school cafeterias and "dining facilities" in New Brunswick has confirmed it is pulling out of 12 schools, most of them in rural communities.

Company that operates more than 100 school cafeterias in NB has confirmed it is pulling out of 12 schools

12 schools in the Anglophone West school district are losing their cafeteria services as of Dec. 18. (Hans Pennink/Associated Press)

The company that operates more than 100 school cafeterias in New Brunswick has confirmed it is pulling out of 12 schools, most of them in rural communities.

In a statement made on Tuesday, Chartwells said it is discontinuing its service as of Dec. 18 at these smaller schools in the Anglophone West school district:

  • Donald Fraser
  • Tobique Valley 
  • Keswick Valley
  • Centerville
  • Nackawic Elementary
  • Woodstock High
  • McAdam High
  • Harvey High
  • Sunbury West
  • Cambridge Narrows
  • Chipman Forest
  • Barkers Point

Lori Ann Horrigan, spokesperson for Compass Group Canada, Chartwell's parent company, said the company had "invested significant resources to ensure that the food we serve is in keeping with nutrition policies and to create menus that are appealing to students. 

"Despite such efforts, Chartwells continues to face challenges in maintaining the financial viability of its food service operations."

Richard Corey, a village councillor in Harvey, is upset about the impending closure and has called for a public meeting.

"To have no public consultation or announcement about this kind of a closure, no contact from the district, we just felt it was kind of inappropriate," he said.

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