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Food Service RFP

Contract Awarded:  Lintons Food Service Management has scored the highest in the Proposal Evaluation and they will be offered the contract.

Jacksonville Classical Academy East starts Request for Proposal (RFP) process for food service.

Invitation to Proposal:

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the purpose of obtaining responses from caterers and vendors to provide meal services for Jacksonville Classical Academy East, Inc. (sponsor) (SFA). Child Nutrition Programs operated may include the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program (ASP), and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Jacksonville Classical Academy East, Inc. (SFA/sponsor) is a public charter (public, charter, private) school located in Jacksonville, Florida. The goal of the Food Service Program is to provide healthy and nutritious food options for students. Click Here to view and download the RFP 

Timeline

  • • Friday, April 1, 2022, Solicitation available to public
  • • Friday, April 8, 2022, Proposal questions due
  • • Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Proposal questions answered by publishing in public information section of school website
  • • Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Proposal submissions due by 6:00 pm (time) EST to mailing address
  • • Friday, April 22, 2022, at 10:00 am, Proposal submissions publicly opened at The Optima Foundation, 2706 Horseshoe Dr S, Naples, FL 34104
  • • Friday, April 22, 2022, SFA review of Proposals
  • • Friday, April 29, 2022, SFA recommendation to FDACS and FDACS review
  • • Friday, May 6, 2022, contract award
  • • Friday, July 1, 2022, awarded Vendor begins service

Questions & Answers:

  1. Would you accept a digital proposal submission in lieu of a printed version?  
    No. Per the RFP, a hard copy is required for the public opening.
  2. Is your school planning on growing in enrollment in the next 1-5 years?
    Yes. We will add a grade each year up to 12th grade. 
  3. Can you provide a list, or photos, of the equipment in your kitchen accessible to the contractor?
    3   Single Convection Ovens, Electric
    1    Proofer Cabinet, non-insulated
    1    Food Slicer, Electric
    3    Worktable, Stainless Steel Top 30" X 72"
       Worktable, Stainless Steel Top 30" X 30"
    All   Wire Shelving
    1    Hot Food Serving Counter
    1    Cold Food Serving Counter
      Bussing Utility Transport Cart
      Bun/Sheet Pan Rack
    2   Reach-In Refrigerator
    2   Reach-In Freezer
    1    Ice Machine
       Triple Dish Sink
    1    Food Prep Sink
    All  Smallwares
  4. What is the reason for a RFP release?
    Jacksonville Classical Academy East is a new school start up.
  5. Will you provide the Fixed Fee currently being charged by your current contractor?
    Jacksonville Classical Academy East is a new school start up.
  6. What are the top 3 goals of your next partnership? 
    Quality food service
    Excellent customer service
    Financially accountable and compliant
  7. Does your current contractor own any of the equipment currently used at the school sites? If so, would you be able to share a listing of equipment that is contractor owned?
    No, N/A
  8. Please provide Free and Reduced percentage for Jacksonville East Academy.
    Jacksonville Classical Academy East is a new school start up. The academy will start accepting applications for Free & Reduced meals in July. 
  9. Is it possible to get pics of the kitchen?
    Yes ( Find photos here.)
  10. I see that the RFP states that there is only 50% participation.  Are all Students covered for the NSLP?
    All students are covered in the NSLP. Eligibility for the CEP program has not been determined at this time
  11. Also, your website states that the meals are free for this school year only.  Will you be 100% for next year?
    Eligibility for the CEP program has not been determined at this time.
  12. Who is your current food supplier (GFS, US Foods, ETC.)?
    Jacksonville Classical Academy East is a new school start-up.
  13. Would you have staff currently working in your cafe that would be willing to interview for our company?
    Jacksonville Classical Academy East is a new school start-up.
  14. What type of refrigeration units do you have onsite?
    (2) Reach-in Refrigerators and (2) Reach-in Freezers
  15. Are there cafe trays and silverware or disposables used by the students?
    No. The food program is served on disposables.
  16. Does the kitchen have double-stack commercial convection ovens?
    Yes, (1) double stack oven and a single oven. 
  17. Do you hold community catered events onsite?
    No.

Contract Award:

Lintons Food Service Management has scored the highest in the Proposal Evaluation and they will be offered the contract.