Each Friday Food Management compiles a list that highlights five things you probably missed in the onsite foodservice news that week and why you should care about them.
Here’s your list for the week of November 16:
- New York City closes schools for in-person learning
New York City Schools is temporarily closing all school sites for in-person learning after the city neared a seven-day average COVID positivity rate of 3%, the threshold agreed upon with teacher unions to trigger such a move. New York had been one of a handful of big-city school districts to offer in-person classes this fall.
- UCSD plans dining expansion with six new eateries next fall
The University of California at San Diego plans to open six new restaurants in its rapidly growing North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood next fall. They will include Tahini with its Middle Eastern street food selections; Fan-Fan, which serves authentic flavors from China’s Hunan province; Shōwa Ramen, offering modern interpretations of classic Japanese dishes; and Plant Power, providing healthy and environmentally-conscious interpretations of fast-food classics.
- Man sues jail claiming he was denied gluten-free food
A 26-year-old man has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Clark County Jail in Washington, alleging that it denied him gluten-free meals while he was incarcerated, leading to malnutrition that ended up with him getting hospitalized. Gaven Picciano claims he has celiac disease and can’t eat food with gluten because it affects his health but the jail didn’t provide him with “adequate food that was safe for him to eat” for 22 days and for the first nine days he was detained, he “had virtually no access to food at all.”
- Oxford students vote to ban beef and lamb from campus eateries
The student union at Oxford University in England has voted to ban beef and lamb from the school’s dining halls as a measure to combat climate change. While the decision is ultimately up to the university, the vote does mean the student union will exert pressure on Oxford authorities to put the ban into effect.
- VA hospital distributing Thanksgiving meal kits to needy veterans
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. is distributing pre-packaged Thanksgiving dinner meal kits to veterans in need this year thanks to donations from a number of area non-profits and social service organizations. Veterans are asked to pre-register and to see if they qualify and must bring a VA or Military ID with them when picking up the food
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