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Wednesday June 29th

Opinion: Patronize local businesses instead of Aramark

This board has written before, though not recently, about its worries surrounding UNC’s food services provider, Aramark. Aramark supplies food for public and private prisons, something that the banners in Lenoir do not advertise. 

Not to mention that Aramark is responsible for the hiring, treatment and firing of Carolina Dining Services employees. Aramark also owns all food-service spaces, including the bottom of Lenoir. Aramark’s poor record with Carolina Dining Services employees is well-documented: Many can’t afford parking and don’t feel like they can speak about their experience unless they’re on their way out.

Thus, instead of supporting Aramark, grab lunch on Franklin Street and support local Chapel Hill businesses. Reroute the $6 you were going to spend on that chicken sandwich and fries to an off-campus meal. You could always use a quesadilla or burrito with guacamole from Cosmic Cantina. 

If that’s not your thing, swing by Lime and Basil for a killer banh mi. If you’re feeling a burger, hit up Buns for some tasty fare. By patronizing businesses on Franklin, especially local ones, you’re helping the Chapel Hill community thrive.

If you’re against Aramark for their prison involvement, their animal welfare practices, their treatment of CDS workers or some other reason this board isn’t even aware of, speak out with your dollars.

Aramark is a representation and continuation of UNC’s long legacy of hurting workers’ rights. There are many more deserving businesses within reach.


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