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. Food trucks to remain at UCLA in light of continued dining staff shortage
UCLA has announced that food trucks will remain on campus for the next academic year in light of staffing shortages at on-campus dining halls. The trucks, which offer meals in exchange for a coupon worth one meal swipe obtainable at residence hall front desks, were first introduced in response to staffing shortages at UCLA Dining after the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Strike forces class cancellation in Louisiana district
All classes at East Baton Rouge Parish schools in Louisiana were cancelled on Monday, Aug. 21 while officials work to bridge their differences with bus drivers but also cafeteria workers who had pledged to call in sick en masse that day. The growing sickout, which a local teacher union joined Sunday, compelled Supt. Sito Narcisse to make what he called "a very difficult decision” to reverse course and keep kids home from school Monday, upending previously announced plans to have school Monday on a near normal schedule.
3. USC opens new Campus Village development
The University of South Carolina (USC) hosted a grand opening for its new Campus Village development, which is the largest construction project in the university’s 222-year history. Campus Village is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings housing a total of 1,800 student residents and also includes dining, retail and learning facilities.
4. Illinois governor vetos kosher/halal meal mandate for schools
The governor of Illinois has stopped a bill which would have required state-owned services to provide halal and kosher meals. “The bill would have amended the School Code to require the Illinois State Board of Education to enter into a statewide master contract to provide religious dietary options to all Illinois school districts,” explained Gov. JB Pritzker. “Districts are already responsible for all their food service contracts and will continue to have the capability to enter into contracts with meal vendors based on the unique cultural needs of the students in their communities.”
5. Private academy taps muni bond market for dining hall renovation funds
Deerfield Academy, an "elite" private school in Massachusetts, is tapping the municipal bond market to renovate its dining hall to support its "traditional sit-down meal experience." The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency is selling the $88.5 million revenue bond issue for the school, which will double Deerfield’s debt load.
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