Aramark has been a valued partner to the corrections industry for nearly 40 years, helping 500 correctional facilities around the country maintain safe, stable environments for millions of offenders, officers and staff every day.
We do not manage or operate correctional facilities, or do any business with federal penitentiaries. We provide meals to offenders in state and county correctional facilities. The correctional facility determines the nutritional specifications for the menus we create (calories, portions, religious meals.) All menus are designed by Registered Dietitians to meet the nutritional requirements specified by the facility, as well as the guidelines set by the American Correctional Association (ACA). ACA guidelines are based on the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI). Typical calories range between 2,500-3,500 per day.
Over the past 15 years, we have helped reduce recidivism and rehabilitate millions of offenders through our IN2WORK vocational training program, which earned the National Governors Award for Public Private Partnerships in 2013. In some cases, the program has helped reduce recidivism by as much as 30 percent. At the direction of the facility, non-violent offenders have the opportunity to work in the kitchen in exchange for a reduction in their sentence and/or as a way to earn money for their trust accounts. This labor model is specified by the facility and is another way to help rehabilitate offenders and reduce recidivism.
July 13, 2015: Aramark News Release
Aramark and Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Mutually Agree to End Contract
June 23, 2015: The Washington Times
Ohio Decides to Renew Prison Food Contract with Aramark
October 20, 2014: Testimonial
Former Michigan Sheriff Recommends Aramark
October 6, 2014: Open Letter
Aramark Response to News Media Coverage about its Corrections Business in Michigan
August 8, 2014: Aramark News Release
Aramark and Michigan Department of Corrections Move Forward with Partnership; Company Cleared of False Claims
August 8, 2014: Michigan Governor News Release
Snyder Issues Statement Addressing Prison Food Service Issues
August 8, 2014: MDOC Statement
Michigan Department of Corrections Statement on Aramark Correctional Services
August 7, 2014: The Columbus (OH) Dispatch
Prison Director Takes Responsibility for Some Maggot Problems
July 30, 2014: Ohio CIIC Statement
Testimony from John Hanner, President, Aramark Correctional Services
Quality Service: Aramark serves more than 500 state, county and municipal correctional facilities as a single source provider for daily meals (380 million each year), commissary services, laundry management, and facilities management.
Vocational Training Program: The IN2WORK® program offers job skills training to inmates in more than 75 facilities across the country, providing participants with hands-on training and certification that prepares them for jobs in the culinary and retail management industries. IN2WORK was awarded the 2013 National Governor’s Award for Public Private Partnerships for helping reduce recidivism in the state of Indiana.>
Taxpayer savings: Aramark saves state and municipal governments millions of dollars each year through our innovative approach to management and our bulk purchasing agreements with suppliers.
Invested in the community: To support the communities where we operate, we purchase from local vendors when possible. In addition, our employees donate their time, efforts and talents to community service projects through our Aramark Building Community (ABC) initiative.
Food safety is our top priority that we take seriously. We are committed to maintaining rigid standard operating procedures for the entire flow of food production. This includes providing an environment that protects the safety and integrity of food from its delivery, throughout its storage, preparation, transport, and ultimately, to the point of service to the customer.
In addition to working with local Health Departments, we conduct frequent internal inspections and take the added step to engage independent third-party auditors to evaluate our practices and ensure the utmost safety in our operations. We are also committed to providing specialized food safety training and certification to all our food service employees.
We implement Aramark SAFE (Safety Assurance in Food and Environments) everywhere we operate to ensure safety is at the forefront and use the following guiding principles every day:
COMPLY with food, environmental, and workplace safety regulations that relate to the industries, geographies, and venues where we operate.
ENSURE that purchases through authorized suppliers contributes to the safety of the food we serve and the facilities we operate.
REGULARLY TRAIN our people for their important responsibilities to maintain a safe and healthy workplace and service environment.
FREQUENTLY REVIEW and enhance our food, environmental, and workplace safety standards, practices, and programs.
STRIVE to continuously improve our food, environmental, and occupational safety performance and to promote sustainable practices.
ENSURE active ownership from our people and encourage participation from our clients, customers, partners, and other stakeholders to play a role in achieving our safety goals.
FOSTER a culture of “front line first” where all team members are well supported in their ability to reduce safety risks; prevent incidents, injuries, and food-related illnesses; and to protect the environment.
ENSURE that everyone has the right and obligation to stop and question any job that causes concern about their personal safety, the safety of others, or of the environment.
Our SAFE Commitment
Our SAFE Commitment and Policies are the core to Aramark SAFE and reflect how we live our safety promise every day to enrich and nourish those we serve.
Leadership sets clear expectations, drives accountability, and leads by example to continue oving us towards Target Zero: no harm to people or the environment.
Employees help create safe environments through regular feedback opportunities.
Establishing targeted, simple, and highly visual guidelines to support compliance and reduce risk delivers operational excellence.
METRICS AND MONITORING
We track our safety initiatives and evaluate performance to assess opportunities for continuous improvement.
RECOGNITION AND INCENTIVES
We cultivate a culture of appreciation for our employees and guests.
EDUCATION AND TOOLS
Training and support resources that facilitate effective implementation of our SAFE Standards are readily available on Aramark's SAFE portal.
What Others are Saying about Aramark's Correctional Services:
James A. Gondles Jr., CAE, Executive Director of the American Correctional Association:
“The American Correctional Association (ACA) has been in existence for 143 years. During that time, ACA has championed the professional development and standards for the correctional industry to thrive and achieve its goals. In an effort to see our industry provide a safe environment for our offenders and staff we have worked tirelessly with industry experts like Aramark to create resources and guidance which enable our membership to improve the business of corrections. Whether it be through industry research, food safety or rehabilitation programs, companies such as Aramark create increasing value for the members of the ACA. Aramark in particular has been a champion of our cause and has continually focused resources and expertise to ensure their partner facilities meet the ACA standards around food safety and quality. We appreciate their continued support to these all-important efforts.”
Mitch Daniels, Former Governor of Indiana:
“In May 2005 the Indiana Department of Corrections announced $11.5 million in annual savings to our taxpayers by partnering with Aramark Correctional Services to manage the foodservice operations for the state’s Correctional facilities. The savings have grown over the past six years and is now approaching $75 million.”
At Aramark, our integrity and reputation are paramount. Our dedication to quality and service have made us a leader in our industry for almost 80 years.
Aramark has consistently been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, as determined by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. We have also been named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, an honor we have shared with our 270,000 team members around the world since 1998.
In addition, we are proud to be recognized as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign, receiving 100 percent on their Corporate Equality Index (LGBT Equality), along with DiversityInc., Black Enterprise, Careers & the disABLED and Latino magazines.
Our corporate responsibility platform focuses on issues that matter most to our clients, customers, employees and communities:
We invest financial resources, volunteer the skills of our employees, and develop community partnerships to make a meaningful difference.
Our global volunteer and philanthropic program, Aramark Building Community, partners on the local level with community organizations to address multiple issues. During our annual day of service, ABC Day, thousands of associates globally help underserved communities illustrating our-year round commitment. We also support national and local partnerships, and contribute millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations through the Aramark Charitable Fund.
August 9, 2018 - We are introducing new sustainability commitments, healthier menu items and innovative programs, to fit Gen Zers’ desires.