The company that just failed to secure renewal of its food contract for San Francisco schools is suing the district.
Preferred Meal Systems of Berkeley, Ill., had held the contract for breakfasts, snacks and lunches served at San Francisco Unified School District campuses since 2003. In early October, the district put the $9 million contract out to bid. Officials said they wanted to move away from serving pre-prepared meals that were cooked, frozen, shipped across the country and then reheated.
The district selected Revolution Foods of Oakland for the new contract, and the Board of Education approved it in December.
According to district documents, Revolution Foods entered a bid about $370,000 lower than Preferred Meal Systems.
But Preferred Meal Systems sued the district Dec. 21, arguing that Revolution Foods does not have the experience or capacity to serve roughly 33,500 meals at 114 San Francisco sites.
The company is trying to block the new contract, which is set to start Monday when kids return from winter break.
Correction: This article was updated Jan.4, 2013. A previous version of this article misstated the amount by which Revolution Foods bid lower than Preferred Meal Services. The bid was about $370,000 lower.