In this edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments affecting on-site catering.
Here’s your list for today:
- UNC reopens a dining room while UR closes one
In response to student complaints about its October 3 closure due to a staff shortage, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) announced it would reopen its Tobey-Kendel dining hall five days a week from from October 18, offering take-out meals for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Meanwhile, the University of Rochester (UR) has closed or scaled back many of its dining options, including the indefinite closure of one of its main dining halls, the Danforth Dining Center, and granted students a partial reimbursement of their meal plans while temporarily allowing students to use their meal balances on off-campus meals delivered to campus through the GrubHub food ordering app.
- Amazon allows indefinite teleworking
Contrary to its previous expectations that most employees should be in the office at least three days a week once offices reopen in January, Amazon now says it will allow many technicians and corporate employees to continue working at distance indefinitely as long as they are. able to get to the office if needed, according to a recent blog post by CEO Andy Jassy. The new policy, which applies to nearly 60,000 Amazon office workers in the Puget Sound area around Seattle, will be implemented at the discretion of individual team leaders and follows similar initiatives by ‘other large West Coast tech companies like Microsoft, which recently announced it had postponed reopening its offices indefinitely, and Google, which said it expected about 20% of its workforce to continue telecommuting at full-time.
- WSU intros mini meal plan, overnight delivery service
Food Services at Washington State University Pullman unveiled a new mini meal plan for faculty, staff, and students living off campus that allows them to purchase dollars for meals and pay for meals with their CougarCard. A night-time delivery service is also introduced which allows students to order food using the GetFood app between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and have it delivered between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to places where they live. the campus.
- Texas’ major school districts struggle to find staff
In metro San Antonio, Northeast ISD executive director of school nutrition Sharon Glosson said that with 141 openings among about 600 cafeteria positions, the district has had to limit the variety of its menus, closing some number of cafeteria service lines and use more paper. goods sometimes “because we don’t have the staff to wash all the trays.” The neighboring neighborhood of Northside ISD has 100 vacancies out of about 950 cafeteria staff positions, including its reserve pool, says director of infant nutrition Thomas Wherry, who notes that the situation has meant that other members of the School staff, including teachers, principals and even Wherry himself, have at times had to intervene when too many regular cafeteria staff are absent.
Meanwhile, at Austin ISD, the shortage of food service workers is becoming critical with around 100 vacant positions as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some employees to leave for safety reasons while others have passed. to better paying jobs.
- UNC Wilmington inaugurates new campus dining hall
Campus Dining at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has opened its new 20,000 square foot facility. Shore Dining Hall near the school’s new campus housing village which offers six food stations and adjacent retail space. Dining options include Hearth (pizza and pasta), Everything Bowl (custom stir-fry), Carolina Home (sandwiches, subs, salads and wraps), Baja (west coast burritos and tacos), Daybreak (all breakfasts). the day) and a Grab and Go mobile ordering option.
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