LANSING — A company owned in part by hometown hero Earvin "Magic" Johnson has taken over food service for the Lansing School District.

The school board earlier this year chose SodexoMAGIC to feed its 12,000-plus students beginning this fall. The company took over from Aramark Educational Services on July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

Johnson — an Everett High School, MSU and NBA standout before becoming a successful entrepreneur — has promised to personally host an annual fund-raising event to benefit the Lansing Promise and HOPE scholarship program.

SodexoMAGIC also will create an annual Student Well-Being Grant designed to provide programs and educational activities which improve the quality of life in the district. The new Junior Executive Development program will offer high school students an educational workshop designed to create awareness of career opportunities in corporate, community based organizations, and government.

SodexoMAGIC is a partnership between integrated facilities management and foodservice operations leader Sodexo, Inc. and Johnson's Magic Johnson Enterprises. The board approved a one-year contract in April with renewals for up to four additional years.

The cost of the contract could be up to $5.4 million this year, depending on how many current food service employees SodexoMAGIC retains.

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