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​Chartwells Statement Regarding D.C. Public School Food Director's Whistleblower Lawsuit

Food vendor responds to allegations of not fulfilling its contractual obligations with the D.C. Public School System.
Posted on Aug 17, 2018 | 05:00pm
In 2013, Jeff Mills—the former Food Services Director for the D.C. Public Schools—blew the whistle against Chartwells after he found the private food vendor overcharged the district by millions and stockpiled food that spoiled, among other allegations.

CBS reached out to the company for a comment and it provided the following statement.

Statement from Chartwells:

"We operate with integrity and will always do what is in the best interest of the students, families, and school districts we serve to uphold our mission of nourishing the bodies, minds, and spirits of students to pave the way for a lifetime of success and well-being. 

The former DCPS foodservice director had no prior experience managing or working with a school foodservice operation when he was appointed to this position. His employment was terminated by the D.C. Public Schools and he filed lawsuits against multiple parties as a result. The lawsuits filed included false, untrue, and meritless allegations. 

During the seven years we served the D.C. Public Schools, we delivered on our commitments and brought both multi-million dollar savings and value that significantly decreased a deficit that existed before we began our work with the schools. Then, we were proud to have been awarded the contract again after a rebid based on performance, quality service, cost savings, and operational expertise."

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