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The Alabama Department of Education said up to 100 school districts in the state are being impacted by the plant closure.

5 things: Dairy plant shutdowns threaten school milk supplies in four states

This and Elior committing to 50% meatless entrees in new programs by the end of 2025 are some of the stories you may have missed recently.

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:

  1. Dairy plant shutdowns threaten school milk supplies in four states

Borden Dairy is closing two plants that produce cafeteria milk jugs for schools in four states. The Alabama Department of Education said up to 100 school districts in the state are being impacted by the plant closure. And if school systems don't serve milk, they could potentially lose federal lunch funding reimbursement if not for waivers.

Read more: WVTM 13 Investigates: Alabama cafeteria milk supplier closes plants

  1. Elior commits to 50% meatless entrees by end of 2025

Elior North America is teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States to increase the company’s plant-based offerings over the next three years. Through this initiative, Elior commits to 50% meatless entrees in new programs/promotion developments, maintaining an emphasis on increasing plant-based proteins by December 31, 2025.

Read more: Elior North America to increase plant-based meals through collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States

  1. Virginia Tech Dining sees a busy summer

Though a smaller student population means most Virginia Tech dining centers are closed during summer, those that remain open experience their highest waves of traffic all year. Surges of conference guests plus shifting staff schedules demand increased coordination and flexibility to maintain Dining Services’ renowned food and service when the heat is on.

Read more: Virginia Tech Dining Services serves swells of summer guests

  1. Silicon Valley service workers fear job cuts as remote work expands

Service workers at Silicon Valley tech giants fear that as the companies cut back, they could be among the first to lose their jobs. A recent rally of about 150 union organizers, workers and supporters outside Meta Platforms Inc.’s headquarters in Menlo Park was meant to urge the company to continue to protect service workers and support workers’ right to organize.

Read more: As Silicon Valley looks to cut back, service workers fear they could be first to go

  1. Hospital ready to again serve food to public and cater events

The WVU Medicine Jackson General Hospital cafeteria in West Virginia is now open to the public following pandemic-related health protocols during which the award-winning eatery was only open to members of the hospital staff. In addition to the cafeteria and its scratch-made offerings like donuts, pretzel biscuits, mashed potatoes and chicken and dumplings, a big part of service the hospital cafeteria offers is catering. “What people often don’t know is we cater funerals, organization meetings, the community baby shower, Easter meals and so much more,” said Melanie Hall, director of nutrition services for the past 10 years. “We can also do meat, vegetable, cheese and cookie platters.”

Read more: Hospital cafeteria team ready to serve the public once again

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Contact Mike Buzalka at mike.buzalka@informa.com

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