September 25, 2020

Comparing university spending on food services

Tax filings show how Capital compares to other schools in its spending on food services. IRS form 990 is made publicly available after a certain amount.

The most recent tax filings are for the fiscal year starting in June 2016 and ending in June 2017.

The chart shows the total undergraduate enrollment in fall 2016, the food service of record, and the amount paid to the food service in the 2016 fiscal year.

Enrollment numbers come from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

Tax Filings for 2016 Fiscal Year Capital University Otterbein University Wittenberg University Ohio Wesleyan University Cedarville University
Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2016) 2,718 2,475 1,960 1,638 3,380
Food Service Aramark Bon Appetit Sodexo & Parkhurst Chartwell Pioneer College Catering
Total spending on food services 3,420,908 2,596,506 4,107,792 5,894,378 5,619,778
Cost/Enrollment 1,258 1,049 2,095 3,598 1,662

The Amount paid to food providers comes from IRS form 990 and is publicly available on the IRS’s website or searchable through ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer. Tax filings only show the top five contractors who are paid over $100,000.

The cost over enrollment numbers is used to illustrate the per person cost to compare schools. Not every student has a meal plan and schools have multiple meal plans at varying costs.

Though Capital no longer uses Aramark, it is now known that the contract cost Capital $3.42 million.

Capital no longer uses Aramark for food services. After multiple Health Department violations and numerous student complaints, Capital switched to Aladdin.

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