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The Daily Prep List: 05.25.21


Sacramento Businesses Get Creative To Deal With Staffing Shortage

CBS Sacramento 5/24

In three weeks, the state of California is set to fully reopen. But businesses won’t be the same as they were before the pandemic. Many continue to struggle to find enough people to work.

Restaurant Workers Say They Won’t Return to Work Without a Living Wage

Truthout 5/24

On May 20, 2021, about 50 service worker leaders at One Fair Wage, an organization I lead that brings together service workers to demand a living wage, gathered to take an official vote on whether to go on a “wage strike.” Some workers had already left the restaurant industry and were considering not returning, and some had stayed, doing the work of two or even three workers in understaffed environments. All were united in their determination not to continue to work for anything less than a full, living wage — plus tips.

Culture: The Solution to the Restaurant Hiring Crisis

QSR Magazine 5/24

Here are the keys to attracting and retaining the best talent.

Food Industry Policy

Grubhub and Restaurant Strong Fund Program Gives $2 Million to Help Restaurants Reopen

FSR Magazine 5/25 

Grubhub and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund announced the latest phase in their commitment to supporting restaurants: the Restaurant Stronger program, a new initiative to provide $5,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants. As the industry faces new challenges post-pandemic, the Restaurant Stronger grants will help restaurants fully reopen their doors, including staff hiring and training, COVID-related requirements, and inventory purchasing.

Vista Taking Steps To Ban Single-Use Plastics

KPBS 5/24

During its April 27 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved preliminary measures for the ban. Under the proposal brought forth by Councilmember Corinna Contreras, Vista would require businesses to offer plastic utensils and straws only upon request starting this summer. The ban on polystyrene — or Styrofoam — would go into effect July 2023.

On the Side

Have Restaurants Really Had a Racial Reckoning?

Civil Eats 5/24

One year after callouts against racist, sexist, and toxic restaurant work cultures, a look at what’s changed.

Diners could receive 50% discount when going out to eat in San Diego County

CBS San Diego 5/24

Supervisor Jim Desmond is proposing the Dine-In and Help-Out initiative to draw diners to restaurants and boost sales and jobs.

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