While some directors like Lesh, Obbink, and Girard have initiated vending programs on their own, others find that outsourcing the vending contract makes more sense. That was the case for Kathy Lazor, foodservice director in Montgomery County, MD, one of the country's largest districts, when she decided to take on vending.

“When I wanted to prepare my initial RFP for vending, I began with my procurement department,” Lazor says. “But even though we're a pretty large district, my procure

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