How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Responding

These are unprecedented times. It seems like the whole world has been brought to its knees, from the rapid and destructive spread of COVID-19 to the protests in response to police brutality and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The food industry isn’t exempt. So as things develop, we’ve asked people working in the food industry, from coast to coast, to share what they’re seeing in their communities, how they’ve been affected, and how they’re responding.

Wednesday, July 8

“I’m a Black man, and business really became second once this Black Lives Matter movement came.”

Troy “Chef T” King and Selena Johnson, Six Forks Burger Co., Louisville:
TK: I’ve always been trained as an entrepreneur to not mix business and politics. This is the first time where I actually said no—business actually is with politics. With me being Black and us having interracial children, it

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Pandemic logistics help wanted: Fast-food managers, road race experts

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are painfully aware that overcoming the scourge is a marathon, not a sprint.

Enter Dave McGillivray, who knows a thing or two about endurance events – and logistics.

The race director of the Boston Marathon, which is on hold until fall, has been tapped by the state of Massachusetts to run mass vaccination operations at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park.

Idled at his day job by the pandemic, he’s part of an emerging group of event organizers and other unconventional logistics experts who are using their skills to help the nation vaccinate as many people against COVID-19 as possible.

“It’s amazing how our event management skill set can be applied to running a massive vaccination site,” said McGillivray, who

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Omak council ponders junk food | News

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OMAK — The Omak City Council, during its Jan. 18 Zoom meeting, heard a proposal to have a healthy checkout ordinance to address unhealthy foods being sold at store checkout stands.

Cathy Covington, who is working on a master’s degree in public health, told council there are concerns about such foods. She shared a Power Point presentation.

The topic of fast foods and child obesity also was raised.

Covington said fast food also is related to child obesity and a policy can be drafted to address that, too.

She said Berkeley, Calif., has an ordinance on the topic and has banned junk food, but she is proposing a softer approach for Omak.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved an interlocal agreement with Okanogan County for building official services.

City Building Official Tyler Wells said the agreement is used by Okanogan County with all municipalities so the county can

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