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. 

Clearing Cafeteria Debt Without Shaming Children 

It's perhaps the most perplexing issue facing K-12 foodservcie operators: how do you handle kids whose lunch accounts are overdrawn but who don't qualify for government subsidized meals? Many schools paper over the problem by providing at least younger students with minimal meals such as cheese or peanut butter sandwiches.

Food Trucks Expand Their Role in Onsite 
These trendy rolling cafés are finding evermore uses in schools and hospitals
A Look Back at Foodservice in 2013 
The year saw a number of significant developments in the onsite foodservice world.
Procrastination Station
Schools Expand Grab & Go Foodservice 
Operators are leveraging portable prepacked meal options to reach more dayparts, offer more service points and extend their reach.
Compass North America's Gary Green: "We Have Big Ambitions" 
In this 1999 interview, Compass North America's new CEO, Gary Green, speaks to the company's philosophy on market segmentation, branding and procurement.
Meet the 2013 K-12 Power Players 
FM's Special Report offers a look at the largest school districts in the country
Tony Geraci
Memphis City and Shelby County Merge 
The new district consolidates operations
SHFM 2013 Annual Conference: A “H” of a Time!
SFM became SHFM during its 2013 Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, FL.
Best of Show: Henry Ford Hospitals
Henry Ford Hospitals has proved to be a trendsetter with its LiveWell initiative
Kalamata Leaf
A Full Food Court Press 
Ohio University remakes its campus dining program.
Jeff Denton
K-12 Schools Innovator of the Year: Ponca City (OK) Schools 
Renaissance Man FSD Jeff Denton leads his district through economic crisis and regulatory hurdles.
Inside the 2013 FM Top 50
Each year, there's a certain jockeying for position among the management companies in FM's Top 50. Here's a quick analysis of what's changed—and what hasn't— since last year.
College and University Innovator of the Year 
Virginia Tech already had a fabulous campus dining program. Then it opened Turner Place
University of Washington District Market
NACUFS Best in the Business C-Store Awards 
Recognizing the top innovators among college convenience retailers.
OU hosts relief workers and refugees
OU Shelters Tornado Victims

In May, the UNIVERSITY of Oklahoma opened its residence halls and campus dining operations to more than 350 people displaced by the tornadoes that left a wake of devastation in the state. The “guests” were put up in unused rooms and campus dining opened one its largest dining hall, Couch Restaurants, to provide meals for them.

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