Nutrition services

USDA Announces Appointment of New Under Secretary for Food and Nutrition Services


Every Friday, Food Management compiles a list that highlights five things you likely missed in the on-site restaurant news that week and why you should care.

Here is your list for the week of January 18:

  1. USDA Announces Appointment of New Under Secretary for Food and Nutrition Services

The USDA has announced that nutrition policy expert Stacy Dean has been appointed Assistant Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS). She is currently vice president of food aid policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and has led its food aid team, which publishes frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities. and develop policies to improve them. Previously, she was a Budget Analyst in the Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on policy development, regulatory and legislative review, as well as budget process and execution for a variety of income support programs.

Read more: U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Three Assistant Assistant Secretaries in Nutrition, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs

  1. Harvard Law School Terminates Restaurant Associates Contract, Offers In-House Meals

Harvard Law School terminates its contract with Restaurant Associates (RA) and transfers management of its restaurant services to Harvard University Dining Services, meaning its staff of 50 will become employees of the university and not be faced with the dismissal of contractors previously announced by Harvard. Meanwhile, Harvard Medical School has also announced that it will not pursue layoffs of 16 contract catering workers, although they remain RA employees.

Read more: Harvard School of Medicine and Law School to Maintain Jobs and Pay Contract Restaurant Employees

  1. US schools have more plate waste than other countries, study finds

A study on food waste conducted at a private school in Missouri by an international team of researchers led to the conclusion that American school canteens waste more food than those in other developed countries. The study, conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year, found plate waste ranging from 27% to 53% of the food served compared to 23% in Sweden, between 20% and 29% in Italy and 30 % in Spain based on similar studies. in those countries, according to researcher Christine Costello, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Read more: American school canteens waste more food than those in other developed countries

  1. Aramark announces layoffs at two universities

Aramark temporarily laid off 433 employees and permanently laid off seven others at East Carolina University (ECU), as well as 183 employees at Western Washington University (WWU). The COVID pandemic and its impact on student populations on campus were cited as the reason in both cases, as WWU announced that its spring and summer classes will be held primarily online while the ECU only counts 1,900 students living on campus, which means that only one is kept. of the two main dining rooms open this semester

Read more: COVID-19: Aramark lays off 440 employees in ECU mess halls and Western Washington University contractor to lay off 183 campus employees

  1. Compass, one of the 10 largest employers in the world

British catering company Compass Group PLC, parent company of Compass Group North America, the largest contract management company in the United States according to the FM Top 50, is also the eighth largest employer in the world with a global workforce of around 596,400, according to this list. . Walmart tops the list with some 2.2 million employees.

Read more: These are the 10 largest employers in the world

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