Purdue will resume buffet dining this fall

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

Here is your list for today:

  1. Purdue residential restaurants will return to the AYCTE buffet style this fall

Purdue University Dining will resume buffet service beginning this fall, according to an email sent to residence students which stated that “Upon review and approval by the Protect Purdue Medical Advisory Team, Purdue Dining & Culinary will be in able to offer “All You Care again in our dining halls beginning the Fall 2021 semester,” although take-out service with On-The-GO! Take-out meals will also continue to be offered. The email also announced that meal plans would return to pre-pandemic offerings, with the 15 meals a week plan returning to 13 meals and the 10 meal plan reduced to eight meals.

Read more: Purdue restaurant will return to buffet style in the fall

  1. Free food is a lure to bring office workers back to New York

New York City’s major financial firms are luring workers to offices in part by offering free food, a traditional workplace amenity that’s threatened by the COVID pandemic-induced work-from-home environment -19. “A lot of these companies are using food as a carrot to reopen their offices and keep people coming back,” comments Dileep Rao, CEO of food ordering platform Sharebite. “When you talk to businesses, it’s like ‘$20 a day is fine’ [in food subsidies], I just want to bring people back to the office.

Read more: Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse bring workers back with free food

  1. DC schools to go to five-day in-person learning this fall

Washington DC Public Schools is the latest major urban public school district to announce plans to welcome back all students for in-person learning five days a week when its 2021-2022 school year begins Aug. 30. Lewis Ferebee also promised a “limited virtual offer” for students and their families who are not yet ready to return to class at the start of the new school year.

Read more: DC schools plan for in-person learning 5 days a week

  1. Survey finds vaccine hesitancy among hospital staff

A recent USA Today survey found that some hospitals reported that only half of their staff, including doctors and nurses as well as support workers, were fully vaccinated. “I think it’s going to be a little tough to get to that 70% to 75% vaccination rate,” commented Stacey Gabriel, CEO of Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Ohio, an 80-bed facility where only 50% of the staff have been vaccinated.

Read more: Surprising number of hospital workers refuse COVID-19 vaccine

  1. The development of “co-working” offices is multiplying

A compromise between the traditional office and full-time work from home, coworking arrangements and facilities are booming in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with real estate analytics firm JLL finding that “the flexible space” (i.e. -workspace) is expected to account for 30% of office space by 2030. AllWork, a website dedicated to trends in the future of work, notes that “coworking space as a percentage of total office space nearly doubled from 1.1% in 2017 to 2.1% as of Q2 2020.”

Read more: Co-working is poised for a post-COVID resurgence

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