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Sodexo brings fresher food, new look to campus dining

The Panther Café on the Lake Worth campus.

New food choices will be available on the Lake Worth campus Aug. 22 as the campus Panther Café officially reopens after a four-month hiatus to undergo a major transformation.

The new Lake Worth Panther Café, along with the updated Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton Panther Cafés, both which reopened July 1, now feature food choices from Sodexo America, LLC, the world’s leading provider of catering, hospitality and food retail services.

A five-member committee comprised of PBSC students and staff selected the company after a competitive solicitation process.

“Sodexo was chosen not only because they have such a good reputation but also because they really listened to our students feedback on what they wanted to see change from our past offerings,” said Jessica Bender, auxiliary services manager. “We are very excited to have Sodexo as our on-campus partner for dining services at Palm Beach State College.”

Booths at the Lake Worth Panther Café feature a 24-inch monitor for students and staff to plug in their laptops, gaming consoles and more.

Some of these changes were to offer more fresh food items and smoothie options. Along with those additions, there will be a daily $5 drink and entrée special. Staff and students who use their PantherCard for their purchases will be given a 7% discount.

Also remodeled is the Lake Worth campus Dunkin’ store, which has been relocated to Conference Rooms E and F in building CF. The 2,273-square-foot store, which is scheduled to open at a later date, is one of the company’s new next generation concept stores. It showcases a modern design, as well as several new features, including a Grab & Go unit. The Palm Beach Gardens campus Dunkin’ store did not undergo any changes and is still located within the BR building.

Students will also find Sodexo at the Panther One Stop locations in the ETA and TC buildings on the Lake Worth campus. The options at these two locations will include snacks, fresh salads and subs, hot coffee and cold drinks.

Along with new food options, the Lake Worth Panther Café features more plug-ins for student devices and two new video walls. According to Bender, the next phase of the project will be to upgrade the seating area.

Fall hours for the Panther Cafés are:

Lake Worth: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m and Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Palm Beach Gardens: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, closed.

Boca Raton: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Loxahatchee Groves and Belle Glade campuses currently offer food items in their bookstores.

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