Benita Gingerella


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Benita is an editor for FoodService Director and has been with the publication since 2016. In addition to covering various sectors of the noncommercial industry, Benita is also responsible for several of the magazine's most beloved sections, including Steal This Idea and The Line. In her spare time, Benita is an avid restaurant-goer and loves to travel extensively.

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Benita Gingerella

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N.Y. school nutrition operators struggling with meal debt in wake of universal free meals, survey finds

Around half of respondents reported that unpaid meal debt is a challenge this school year, with many saying it's accumulating faster than in the past.


How the Chef Ann Foundation is investing in labor to increase scratch cooking in schools

The Healthy School Food Pathway is designed to help school foodservice professionals develop the skills they need to make more meals from scratch. 

The food management company launched an Executive Safety Sponsors program and a 24-hour nurse hotline to improve job safety over the past two years.

The state banned lunch shaming last year; however, its department of education asked for clarification on the law after receiving reports that some schools were still serving alternative meals.

Chef Anthony Bauer, a member of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, prepared Smoked Bison on Gullet Bread.

The rolls are a new addition to the company’s grab-and-go concept, Chef Fresh.

The food management company is focusing on expanding its plant-based offerings for students.

Chef Mason Garcia will be at the school’s Fresh Food Company dining hall where he will serve shrimp and grits.

The dining team at Watercress Winter Park served Kartoffelsuppe (German potato soup), Wiener Schnitzel with lemon butter sauce, warm pretzels and more as part of a special Oktoberfest meal.

The recipes must feature seasonal fall ingredients and will be judged based on originality, number of fall ingredients used and recipe functionality.

Students at all of 300 Chartwells campuses will be able to enjoy a Friendsgiving meal and participate in a cooking class.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and other organizations have written a letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture to ask that CEP be expanded in the upcoming Senate version of Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

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