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Servco treats its employees to subsidized plate lunches

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    Courtesy servco pacific inc. A?Cooking Fresh for You lunch wagon sits in a Mapunapuna parking lot, awaiting customers from nearby Servco Pacific.
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Many employees at Servco Pacific Inc. in Mapunapuna ate lunch largely on the company’s dime yesterday, as part of its decade-old wellness initiative.

Ninety percent of Servco’s business is automotive, but in addition to the auto-related and corporate offices in and around the Servco Auto Mall complex, the nearby appliance division makes for a total of more than 200 area employees.

The company has partnered with Michi Harris’ new Cooking Fresh For You lunch wagon as well as Kula Fields, a local fresh produce company, to encourage employees to consider healthy eating options, said Lori Miyake, benefits and employee services manager in the Servco human resources department.

Chairman and CEO Mark Fukunaga decided to underwrite the plate lunches for the employees, Miyake said.

The meals include brown rice, not white, and vegetables and fruit, not mac salad.

"Mark was willing to subsidize the cost at $3," Miyake said, meaning, of the $4.95 to $10.95 price, an employee will pay only $3, and a healthy drink is included.

The $4.95 plate is a mini, five-spice teriyaki chicken dish with pineapple salsa, while the $10.95 choice is a chef’s special Asian-inspired braised boneless beef short rib dish served with steamed baby bok choi on Gen-Ji-Mai brown rice. There are 16 choices and employees can order online, in advance.

"We are fortunate to be one of her first business clients," she said.

Anyone can buy lunch from Cooking Fresh For You, but to get the $3 price, one needs a Servco employee ID. Harris’ subsidized stops will be repeated tomorrow, Wednesday and May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kula Felds, which describes itself online as a farmers market on wheels, delivers produce, flowers and grocery items to offices and homes. The mobile market moseys to Mapunapuna every other Monday for Servco employee convenience, and should they find themselves getting home without a dinner plan in mind, the Kula Fields website offers recipes.

Harris also offers Monday dinner delivery, for the time being — but for that, the company subsidy does not apply.

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On the Net:

» servco.com

» www.cookingfreshfor you.com

» kulafields.com

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