In the wake of a private entity poised to take over Broome County’s food services for the jail, meals on wheels. Willow Point Nursing Home and senior centers, the workers of Central Foods have been wondering what lies ahead for them.

While Aramark is interviewing several county employees for possible placement in similar positions, the County Legislature is working on extending the health insurance benefits for the Central Food workers who may be let go.

Lawmakers have been reviewing a proposal to provide an employee who is at least 52 years old and been with the county for at least seven years with the opportunity to keep their current health insurance for three years.

The legislature reviewed Aramark’s plans for the operation January 14.  The $3.4 million contract proposal would have Aramark spending $160,000 on a new kitchen at the jail and $250,000 for a kitchen at Willow Point.  The company also addressed some food safety concerns that had been brought up over the course of the contract negotiations.


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