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:
- New York City announces enhanced food standards for city agencies
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the release of enhanced New York City Food Standards, Meals/Snacks Purchased and Served and New York City Food Standards, Beverage Vending Machines guidelines that will affect millions of meals and snacks. snacks. served annually at 11 city agencies, including the Department of Education, beginning July 1, 2023. The standards will require serving foods with less added sugars, less sodium, fewer beef options and more flavor. opportunities for plant-based protein, and remove sugary drinks from vending machines in the city.
Read more: Mayor Adams announces NYC will serve healthier meals with improved food standards
- Report urges hospitals to adopt food programs as medicine
A recently published comprehensive academic narrative review and report titled Food As Medicine: How Food and Diet Impact the Treatment of Disease and Disease Management argues as one of its findings that hospitals must be a model for advancing diet as a as medicine and integrate dietary evidence for disease prevention and treatment into institutional practices and programs. It recommends that federal, state and local government agencies provide financial incentives and guidance to public and private hospitals and health care facilities that develop and maintain food-as-medicine programs, including medically appropriate meals, and produce prescriptions . “There must be a complete overhaul of the meals served in hospitals to ensure that hospital food is medically appropriate for the health of each patient,” the report said. “Hospitals should provide meals that are easy and simply duplicated by their patients, allowing them to prepare nutritionally sound meals at home.”
Read more: Food as Medicine Review and Report: How Food and Diet Affect the Treatment of Disease
- Activists demand reform of Milwaukee school food system
A multicultural social justice organization called Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), along with other allied organizations, is lobbying to improve the food served at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Currently, the district prepares lunches in a central kitchen, then sends them to individual schools where they are reheated, and the result is “undercooked and substandard food,” according to YES member and senior at Katherine Villanueva. Milwaukee school. languages. YES requires MPS to provide food cooked at school by food service staff using local ingredients and in larger, heartier portions, as well as a system to identify and respect personal, religious, cultural, medical or otherwise, and more food options. in the dining room.
Read more: Student activists demand justice for lunch in Milwaukee schools
- Hewlett Packard’s New Headquarters in Houston Has Flexible Dining Facilities
Following its December 2020 announcement to move its headquarters from San Jose to Houston, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. held a grand opening celebration for its new Houston-area headquarters campus on April 4. Facilities include a cafe called Bayou Brew and a huge cafeteria zone that can convert into meeting space and represents the company’s commitment to giving employees flexibility by providing not only a variety of hot meals, but also pre-packaged meal options, snacks and beverages, and a rotating kitchen staple food options section that employees can pick up at work rather than at the grocery store on the way home. The cashless, cashier-less dining program also offers mobile ordering with temperature-controlled locker pickup.
Read more: Photos: Hewlett Packard Enterprise hosts grand opening of new Houston-area headquarters
- A woman must repay unused funds donated to pay off school lunch debts
Pamela Fergus, a psychology professor at Metropolitan State University who hosted an online fundraiser in honor of Philando Castile, the black motorist killed in 2016 by a police officer during a traffic stop, has agreed to reimburse the $120,000 which she raised after being accused of not using the money for its intended purpose to pay off student meal debts. The Minnesota attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against Fergus in June after she donated only about $80,000 of the $200,000 she raised to Saint Paul Public Schools.
Read more: Minnesota woman to repay $120,000 raised on behalf of Philando Castile
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