In this edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments affecting onsite dining.
Here’s your list for today:
- Northeastern University dining workers approve lucrative contract
Following a vote to approve a new contract, Northeastern University dining hall workers will see their wages increase to roughly $30 an hour in 2026, the most lucrative contract in the history of Unite Here Local 26. Along with a $9.32 per hour pay hike for each of the 400-plus dining hall workers over the next four years, improvements include making at least three-quarters of the staff full time, quadrupling pension plan contributions, and guaranteeing coverage when someone calls in sick.
- Congress members urge renewal of universal free school meals
Nearly 50 members of Congress have signed a letter urging Congressional leadership "to include funding for school meals for all in the next continuing resolution." A school meal funding bill had passed Congress back in June but did not include extending the universal free meals approach that had been implemented in response to the COVID pandemic.
Read more: Renewed push for universal school meals
- Compass issues sustainable bonds to further net zero goals
Compass Group has successfully issued two Sustainable Bonds, raising €500 million and £250 million, respectively, to fund the Group's sustainability initiatives and the attainment of its global Climate Net Zero target. The proceeds of the Sustainable Bond will be used under the Group's new Sustainable Financing Framework (launched in July 2022) on projects that will improve responsible sourcing, products purchased from local and diverse suppliers, and other sustainable expenditure that supports decarbonization throughout the Group's value chain.
- Brown University Dining looks to streamline to-go program
Brown University Dining Services has ended a pilot policy implemented during the first week of the school year that required students to leave their Brown ID with a cashier while filling grab to-go boxes in certain dining halls. “The pilot practice was designed to incentivize diners to plan ahead and make their selections efficiently,” said Vice President of Dining Programs George Barboza, who noted that some students filling their to-go boxes sometimes took up to 45 minutes, causing delay during “peak hours.” The cashiers’ desks ultimately filled up with “too many cards,” leading to confusion, said Linda Whittaker, senior manager of residential dining. But she stressed that the “all you care to eat” dining halls need firmer boundaries for students. “It’s either eat in or take out,” she said.
- Fooda allies with Replate to send surplus meals to needy
Fooda, a dining services firm that brings local restaurant food to workplaces, has secured a partnership with Replate, a technology-based social enterprise that connects and delivers surplus food from businesses to communities in need. Fooda and Replate have a combined presence in 18 major cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco and Chicago.
Read more: Announcing Partnership with Replate
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