ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Pomptonian Food Service, a Fairfield-based company focused on providing local students with nutritious, high-quality lunches at affordable prices, recently received an honorable mention from the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) for the organization’s 2016 Partner of the Year Award.

NJASBO presents this annual award to companies that have gone above and beyond in assisting school districts with whom they work. Pomptonian received the honorable mention for providing more locally sourced, fresh food choices to students.

“Pomptonian could not have been more thrilled to have been recognized in front of our valued clients at this year’s conference,” said Mark Vidovich, President of Pomptonian. “We are so honored to have received this recognition from NJASBO; it means so much to us to have been nominated by our valued clients.”

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Pomptonian, nominated by Robert Colavita, Business Administrator for the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, tailors its service to best meet the needs of customers, ensuring that they have a positive experience. The company manages cafeterias and vended meal operations in more than 350 primary and secondary locations across New Jersey.

“Pomptonian has been an eager partner, working with the district’s administration, in developing an innovative and cutting-edge offering that was piloted in our schools this year,” said Colavita. “Pomptonian is an excellent partner, going above and beyond expectations to achieve the district’s objectives.”

Colavita mentioned that as a result of a collaboration between David Freidrich, Principal of Hopewell Elementary School, and the Pomptonian staff, the district enjoyed new menu selections that feature locally sourced products, offer a variety of fresh produce and make Jersey Fresh produce available seasonally. A large number of students are gravitating to the healthy choices as a result, according to Colavita, who also noted that Friedrich and Pomptonian worked together to inform the community about the new choices and the importance of nutrition.

“Friedrich and Pomptonian hosted a ‘Take your parent to lunch’ to have parents sample the quality and nutritious offerings, which culminated in an award from Kiwi Magazine and Whole Foods Foundation,” he said. “The award included a grant that will allow the school to further promote healthier dining choices and offer no-cost samples of wholesome food to our students.”

Friedrich also said that in their first year of working with the district, Pomptonian improved the school’s budget by $200,000.

Vidovich noted that it was two of Pomptonian’s newest clients that nominated the company for the award. Both experienced growth in the number of students making healthy dining choices and benefitted financially, according to Vidovich.

Pomptonian also was nominated by a NJASBO member representing the Morris Hills Regional School District. The company was chosen by the NJASBO Associate Business Member Executive Committee, led by President Christine Messina.

“We are proud to give Pomptonian an Honorable Mention recognition for its dedication to school districts in New Jersey. Our students are our most precious resource,” said Messina. “Pomptonian recognizes the hard work of all School Business Administrators. Business partners like Pomptonian provide our school leadership with the support they deserve, in order to provide our students with the best educational environment possible.”