PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix City Council has approved $3 million in federal relief funds for area refugees caught up in the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic after being settled here...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The coronavirus has hurt a vast majority of Nebraska's businesses and about one in six of them are worried that it will force them to close their doors permanently, according to...
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Billions of dollars worth of fruit, vegetables and other farm products that might have gone to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic will instead be delivered to food banks...
MONTPELIER, Vt (AP) — Vermont is recovering some of the milk that farmers are having to dispose of and donating it to the Vermont Foodbank, with help from a $60,000 grant from the Vermont...
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City bars and restaurants are among the businesses that could reopen under a plan that would require social distancing precautions to guard against spreading the...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Increased sales of cleaning and hygiene products helped compensate falling demand for foods like ice cream amid the coronavirus crisis as consumer products giant...
MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — This was supposed to be rebound year for dairy farmers embattled by at least four years of depressed milk prices — and then the coronavirus hit.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's jobless claims spiked 32% last week, breaking a record set the week before, and Gov. Phil Murphy promised Thursday that no one owed jobless benefits will be...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A historic surge in unemployment claims continued last week in Iowa as more workers lost their jobs in an economy devastated by the coronavirus.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves.
WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Many dairy processing plants across Wisconsin have more product than they can handle and that's forced farmers to begin dumping their milk down the drain.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois continued to share in the nation's economic pain wrought by COVID-19 with 178,421 unemployment claims filed last week.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The coronavirus has delivered a severe blow to Wisconsin dairy farmers who rely on selling milk to restaurants, schools and the hospitality industry.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — All 50 U.S. states now have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as West Virginia's governor announced the first positive test in his state on Tuesday...
WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — An unlicensed food delivery service in the Sacramento area has been fined more than $100,000 after several customers were sickened.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach...
HONOLULU (AP) — A measure prohibiting all single-use plastic and polystyrene food service items on Oahu has become law.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the bill into law Sunday.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Former NBA star Magic Johnson's food service partnership is giving Grambling State University $2 million.
The historically black university says it's one of its...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it has identified an acute case of hepatitis A infection in a food service worker, and that other people may have...
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials have proposed prohibiting single-use plastics at food service establishments, a proposal on which the county is divided, a report said.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 3.6% in May with the state seeing gains in payroll employment among federal government and the accommodation and food service...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Food service has greatly improved since Michigan dropped private contractors and put state employees again in prison kitchens, the Corrections Department says.
CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school district that's struggled with unpaid student lunch bills has learned it failed to file for federal reimbursements for its food service program for...
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Styrofoam is the single biggest contribution to cafeteria waste at Eastern Middle School, according to a group of parent volunteers who are trying to persuade the Board of...
HONOLULU (AP) — Two Hawaii legislative committees have rejected proposals that would have banned a variety of plastics used by the food service industry.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials have delayed a ban on CBD additives to food and drink until summer, after first imposing it earlier this year.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers will expand beer and wine sales at sporting events starting this fall.
The university says the sales will be increased at department-managed venues. The revenues...
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — More than 20 years ago, a school invited Steve Hamra in for lunch, to observe the children eating the produce he grew. It was the first time Hamra, president and founder of Amanzi Farms in Sikeston, realized the impact nutritious produce can make.
"That thought has never left my mind," Hamra said. "There was a young boy over there, and that (food services) director said, 'That's gonna be the best meal he gets today.' This has been 23 years ago."
Robots aren't replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings...
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Enterprising Connecticut farmers are going back to school.
The Department of Agriculture is holding the Connecticut Farm-to-School Conference — a day of training sessions, panel discussions and networking — on Jan. 22 at the Hartford Sheraton South in Rocky Hill.
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Good Food Fund has awarded $385,000 to 13 food services companies and organizations as part of an initiative to increase access to healthy food and spark economic development and job creation.
The Catalytic Investment Awards are used for a variety of purposes, including infrastructure investments, capital expenditures and predevelopment work.
HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — Black Hills National Forest administrators are looking for someone to take over management of the Pactola Visitor Center and operate it as a business.
Yosemite Reopens, But With Limitations
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University students will have more healthy options and a greater say in what they eat when they return to campus this fall.
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who was fired by a food services company for her recreational marijuana use says she was wrongfully terminated.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who worked for a food contractor is charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from his employer.
Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said 41-year-old Kenneth Lynn Burton Jr. of Ocean Springs was arrested Tuesday.
The Sun Herald reports Burton was released from jail on $25,000 bail on Wednesday. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him.
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It's no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.
Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils goes into effect next month as part of the city's efforts to push business to use recyclable or compostable food service items.
KING-TV reports businesses that sell food or drinks will not be allowed to offer the plastic items starting in July.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food.
The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials are urging hepatitis A vaccinations for restaurant and food service employees in two West Virginia counties.
The Bureau for Public Health made the recommendation Wednesday for such employees in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Proposed changes to Minnesota's food code would introduce new health standards for the state's food service industry.
The state Department of Health and the state Department of Agriculture proposed the changes in November, the St. Cloud Times reported.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The smell of fresh-baked bread fills the air of the commercial kitchen as an industrial dishwasher hums in the background. Men in a variety of colored hairnets and maroon shirts, with Utah County Jail printed in black lettering, wipe down tables, peel vegetables, and prep meals.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Jody and Tonya Hebert of Maurice aren't afraid to take risks.
And almost 18 years after tackling a pretty big one, their hard work and positive attitude continue to pay off.
The Heberts own Dupuy's Seafood and Steak in Abbeville, an eatery known for its eclectic cuisine and, of course, Cajun hospitality.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Four inmates at the Hardin County Detention Center are learning the recipe to success as they serve their sentences.
The inmates are enrolled in a seven-week course through Kellwell Food Management. Mike Salay, director of business for Kellwell, is teaching the course. Salay has a culinary degree and has been in the industry for 28 years.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An Augusta, Georgia-based factory that looks like a giant paper cup is closing.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park has extended its partnership with the company that has provided concessions at the southern New Mexico tourist destination for the last decade.
Park officials announced Friday that they signed a new 10-year contract with Carlsbad Caverns Trading Co., LLC, to provide food services, retail operations and a kennel service.
They did not say how much the contractor will be paid under the new agreement.
DETROIT (AP) — A resurgent downtown Detroit has become something of a magnet for small startup companies, corporate headquarters and even fine cuisine.
A Pittsburgh-based company that develops and manages food halls is eyeing the Motor City as one of the newest locations for the trendy food service concept.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for private companies to operate concession areas at state parks and other locations.
Parks chief Ron Olson says the possibilities range from food service to renting boats or bikes and operating campground stores. Concessionaires can enter into a contract lasting up to seven years.
Those interested in submitting bids are expected to have prior business experience and adequate cash to fund the concession of their choice.