Barn dining room UCRiverside employs 900 student employees in dining services As food costs increased dining services had to cut the employee meal perk in half Dining services estimates this will save 100000

Barn dining room: UC-Riverside employs 900 student employees in dining services. As food costs increased, dining services had to cut the employee meal perk in half. Dining services estimates this will save $100,000.

High food costs and an expanding campus prompt UC-Riverside to cut meal perk in half

University finds a creative way to absorb cost of goods increases while staying attractive as a student employer.

The University of California at Riverside has cut dining student employees’ meal plan perk program in half in order to offset rising food costs. Dining services now offers $5 per day instead of the $10 perk, which has been an employee benefit for years.

“We have seen enormous cost of goods increases in recent years, with grains and produce, but especially with proteins,” says UC-Riverside's Executive Director of Dining Services Cheryl Garner. “Proteins such as chicken and beef h

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