Perry Township schools hire teens to run cafeterias

In this edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently regarding developments affecting on-premises catering.

Here is your list for today:

  1. District hires high school students to staff cafeterias

Indiana’s Perry Township Schools recently held a job fair to fill about 25 child nutrition positions and hired nearly a dozen high school students to help staff their cafeterias over the course of the year. 2021-2022 school year — the “first time we’ve hired students,” said Erin Coleman, director of child nutrition and food services. “The type of students who work for us, few of them would leave during the day to go to work, so we thought, ‘Hey, what better way for them to get involved? They can work for us. They can get this work experience and have set hours.’ So it was a great opportunity for us and our students to use our expertise together.

Read more: Perry Township school cafeteria seeks help to feed students

  1. Study shows drop in junk food consumption among teens during COVID

A study of 452 teenagers presented at the recent Endocrine Society annual meeting in Georgia found that after the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, there was an almost 6% drop in their average food intake ultra-processed foods such as energy drinks, potato chips, sugary sodas and candies, and it continued to decline even as social distancing restrictions later eased. Although such research is considered preliminary until it is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it is nonetheless a positive sign, said lead researcher Maria Balhara of Broward College in Florida. “The early results of this study provide an encouraging signal and a window of opportunity to strengthen nutritional and behavioral programs aimed at curbing the obesity epidemic,” she said.

Read more: Teens ate less junk food during pandemic, study finds

  1. Colorado’s Jeffco District to close schools due to declining enrollment

The national drop in public school enrollment from K-12 is prompting drastic action by districts. For example, Jefferson County Public Schools (Jeffco) in Colorado has proposed a plan to close several elementary schools in the district due to low enrollment: the district has the capacity to serve 96,000 students in its schools. traditional but currently only has 69,000 subscribers and expects that number to drop to 66,000 by next year. More than half (58%) of Jeffco’s 49 elementary schools have fewer than 250 students enrolled, giving a combined total of more than 10,600 empty seats.

Read more: Jeffco closing schools due to low enrollment

  1. UC San Diego sees an influx of alumni opening on-campus restaurants

The UC San Diego campus has seen an influx of alumni enter into partnerships to open restaurants at its newly built sixth college over the past year. It all started with the opening last summer of Blue Bowl, a “superfood cafe that’s more than an acai bowl,” according to co-founder Craig Edelman; it was followed by the Sino-American fusion concept Fan Fan last April and will continue with the planned summer opening of Tahini, a fast-casual Middle Eastern concept with menu items like chicken shawarma, home-made falafel and six different sauce combinations.

Read more: New restaurants at Sixth College revitalize UCSD’s dining scene

  1. Delaware North reports on trends affecting travel and hospitality

A report commissioned by FM Top 50 Delaware North reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed new technological, business and social forces and explores how emerging technologies could forever alter hospitality and travel businesses. Among its predictions, the Work from Anywhere trend will change the travel industry, as the freedom to work from anywhere creates freedom elsewhere in people’s lives, including where they live and how much time they can spend traveling. . Further, he notes that the growth of the gig economy – using short-term contracts and freelance workers as opposed to permanent employees – has drawn workers away from lower-level jobs in the hospitality industry and is one of the main reasons why they do not return.

Read more: Delaware North report offers insight into the future of travel and hospitality

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Contact Mike Buzalka at [email protected]

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