FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2013
Bloomingfoods café to open at Ivy Tech’s main campus this spring
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has partnered with Bloomingfoods Market and Deli cooperative to bring a café/food store to Ivy Tech’s main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building. The food store, referred to as Bfoods Ivy Tech, is under construction and is expected to open later this spring.
Some of the offerings at Bfoods Ivy Tech will include a limited selection of grocery items, grab and go items, a sandwich/panini station, and soups.
“Ivy Tech-Bloomington is extremely pleased to partner with this community resource to provide food services for our students, and serve as a cooperative location on the west side of town,” said Chancellor Whikehart. “While the café is designed to serve our campus, access to Bfoods Ivy Tech by all students, staff, surrounding residents, Park 48, and future YMCA patrons is certainly welcomed and encouraged. What better partnership than our community college and our community food co-op.”
As part of the partnership, Bloomingfoods has agreed to cooperate in the educational mission of Ivy Tech-Bloomington to provide staff support to train and educate students in nutrition and other related subjects.
“Bloomingfoods is pleased to be able to partner with Ivy Tech to provide a cooperative natural food retail outlet on the Ivy Tech campus that will allow us to serve not only Ivy Tech students, staff, and faculty, but also others who live work, and visit the west side of Bloomington,” said George Huntington,” Bloomingfoods General Manager. “We look forward to partnering with our local community college to serve up healthy food and cooperative values to the west side of town.”
Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus is located at 200 Daniels Way off SR 48 on the west side.
Founded in 1976, Bloomingfoods is a community owned cooperative with more than 10,000 member-owners. The co-op currently has more than 250 staff and operates three retail grocery locations, with a fourth under construction. Bloomingfoods is dedicated to good food, excellent customer service, local and regional producers, and giving back to our community.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.