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:
- Sodexo North America sees 22.6% organic growth in Q3
Sodexo reported third quarter results for fiscal 2022 that showed a 22.6% organic increase in revenues in its North American unit, led by a 50.9% increase in the Business & Administrations (basically, B&I and sports/leisure operations), leading to North America being back up at 91% of its pre-COVID level, compared to 85% in the previous quarter. The company attributed the growth to a strong recovery in Universities and Sports & Leisure activity, and continued progress in the return to the office in Corporate Services. The company also announced that it plans to transfer full P&L accountability to tto three geographic zones: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World.
- USDA to distribute $1B to schools for domestic food purchases
In the wake of the recent passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act, the Biden Administration has announced that the USDA will provide nearly $1 billion in additional funding to schools to support the purchase of American-grown foods for their meal programs. The $943 million boost from the department is provided through USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, with funds distributed by state agencies to schools across the country. It builds on the $1 billion in Supply Chain Assistance funds USDA previously allocated last December, which states can use this school year as well as next to provide schools with funding for commodity purchases.
- California mandates later middle and high school start times for this fall
Beginning this fall high schools in California can’t start before 8:30 a.m. and middle schools can’t start before 8 a.m. as a 2019 law forbidding earlier start times kicks in. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends eight–10 hours of sleep per night for 13- to 18-year-olds, but the average start time for the nation’s high schools was 8 a.m. in 2017-18, with about 42% starting before then, including 10% that began classes before 7:30 a.m., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How the new requirement will affect school breakfast schedules is yet to be determined.
- Dartmouth opens dining commons for late-night during summer
Dartmouth College has opened its Class of 1953 Commons for late-night dining for the summer, marking only the second summer in which the venue has been open past 8:30 p.m. and something ’53 Commons General Manager Brandon Crosby says the college plans to keep for future summers. However, the Courtyard Cafe, which offers both daytime and late-night dining during the academic year, will remain fully closed throughout the summer, along with all but one residential snack bars, reportedly due to staffing issues.
- Summer camp dining hall fire results in total loss
A major fire at a camp dining hall in the dining hall at the Camp Airy for Boys in Maryland resulted in what was deemed a total loss with an estimated $2 million in damages, the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office said. No camp staff or campers were near the fire when it occurred, police said, and no injuries have been reported.
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