Mike Buzalka

Executive Features Editor,
Food Management

Mike Buzalka is executive features editor of Food Management and has served the magazine in this capacity since 1998. Before that, he was executive editor of The Foodservice Distributor magazine. Mike covers news, operations, management and supply chain issues for the magazine. 

Study finds fault with Cal Poly's campus food healthfulness
Bottom line: Only 36 of 314 entrées and 11 of 31 main dish salads studied were classified as healthy according to the standards set by the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey.
Student ambassadors enhance customer relations for university dining department
A Sodexo program at the University of Mary Washington uses customers’ peers to get the word out about the dining program and elicit feedback.
Minneapolis elementary school pilots family-style service 
Youngsters sit at tables and get their food from communal serving dishes at Webster Elementary in the Minneapolis Public School district.
Study IDs best large district meal programs in Texas
Brownsville and San Antonio head the pack among Lone Star districts of at least 10,000 enrollment.
OK State’s new food truck mixes Mexican, BBQ with Okie twists
Chophouse Taqueria kicked off last week with a gala tasting event.
Survey: Health/wellness major factor in teens' college choice
Half of female high school students planning on college find access to healthy food options absolutely essential or very important when deciding where to enroll.
Policy change cuts district’s unpaid meal deficit by 40% 1
A new debt limit and threatened alternate meals have helped reduce unpaid lunch bills from $51,000 to under $30,000 in a few weeks for Kokomo Schools.
Georgia’s res hall pizza concept migrates to retail
The Niche Pizza Co. was developed to serve residential dining commons customers but has become such a hit, it’s opening its own retail outlet on campus.
A look at the 2016 Innovators of the Year
FM’s 2016 class of Innovators of the Year includes Capital One (B&I), the University of Texas at Dallas (College/University), Boston Children’s Hospital (Healthcare) and Greeley-Evans Weld County (Colo.) School District 6 (K-12 Schools).
Donatone takes over Sodexo North America leadership
Lorna Donatone succeeds George Chavel in top post and will also oversee all Sodexo school business worldwide.
Healthcare Innovator of the Year: Boston Children’s Hospital
At Boston Children’s Hospital, the dining operation aspires to match the institution’s lauded clinical side in industry leadership.
The Commons café
B&I Innovator of the Year: Capital One
At Capital One’s West Creek corporate campus, the eateries offer four distinct destination dining choices.
Report: Child nutrition reauthorization markup set for Jan. 20
Senate Ag Committee looks to move compromise bill that would update and renew expired Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Oregon State campus store now accepts SNAP
Cascadia Market has the product mix needed to qualify for selling to customers eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
12 cool high school cafeterias  1
The cafeteria space is an eye-popping, visual experience at these 12 schools

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