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NYU’s Quarantine Meal Debacle Is A Wake-Up Call For Colleges Everywhere

As students have been returning to college to start the new school year, some have had to quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At New York University, students that quarantined in the dorms got meals, but their quality was so poor that videos of them went viral all over TikTok.

@benbenfuntime

I can’t make this up ##nyu ##vegan ##quarantine ##fyp

♬ Kouen – Lo-Fi Beats

For the first few days, the NYU quarantine meals program was a mess. Vegans and vegetarians received animal and dairy products, some students had missing meals, others didn’t get them delivered until late in the day… it was chaotic, to say the least.

@cheezitbabey

we literally had to drink our own pee last night ##NYU ##nyumeal ##nyutok ##quarantine ##college ##helpus ##fyp ##survivaltok

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After making it onto the news for their low-quality meals, NYU apologized, and pledged to do better. For the most part, they’ve lived up to that, as they’ve added more employees to help prepare and send out meals, and even sent out cases of water and snack boxes to help students get adequate nutrition.

@rico_da_fool

Chicken caesar salad but the chicken caesar salad is silent😌😌😌##nyutiktok ##nyu ##fyp ##expensive ##flex

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It didn’t resolve all of the issues, however, so NYU eventually gave students $30 of delivery credit per day as a way to get dinner for the remainder of the quarantine period. They continued to serve breakfast and lunch throughout that time frame.

Considering that NYU students pay over $38,000 per semester for tuition, housing, and other expenses, the quality of the meals they were getting is shocking. It’s also bringing the value of expensive college fees into question, especially during a pandemic.

If expensive schools are serving low-quality meals, limited access to amenities paid for through tuition costs, and transitioning to online learning, then what are students really paying for? A place to stay to take online classes?

The cost of an online course is about $1,200-$1,300, and monthly, one would spent about $350 in food and $1,000 in rent per person in a 2-bedroom apartment. This means that one could go take 4 online classes at home, in a semester-long timeline, and pay under $10,000 to do so.

It’s understandable that the pandemic has changed how everything operates, including college. Given how much money students are paying schools, however, NYU should serve as a case study of what not to do to ensure student nutrition during a pandemic.

To learn more about the full debacle, check out the entire Foodbeast video on the NYU quarantine meals at the top of this story.

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Health News

‘Pizza VS Pandemic’ Helps Feed Care Workers And Supports Small Businesses

A new initiative named Pizza vs. Pandemic: Feed Care workers, support small biz has been created by the voltron partnership of Slice, Slice Out Hunger and Pizza to Polls. By combining Slice’s ordering platform with Slice Out Hunger and Pizza to Polls’ non-profit approach, they’ve managed to raise over 18k since launching on March 21st. As the world comes to a standstill, the spirit of humanly support lives through initiatives like this.

Globally, people are scrambling to adjust to a potential quarantined life of unemployment. But, while time does its slow reveal, Pizza vs. Pandemic will be on the front line helping to support “those working around the clock by arranging for hundreds of pizzas from independent pizzerias to be sent to workers at care centers, hospitals, clinics, shelters, etc. across the nation.” Below are additional details:

  • Donations can be made via Slice Out Hunger at sliceouthunger.org. Donations of any size are welcome and appreciated.
    • The Slice team will coordinate deliveries between local pizzerias and care centers in the greatest areas of need.
    • Additionally, those who know of groups of workers who need help can tweet @SliceOutHunger. to let them know. The recipients will be confirmed and then pizza ordered and sent via Slice.
    • All participating pizzerias are vetted and selected to follow the most recent best practices for food handling and delivery.
    • Slice will also work with both the care center and pizzeria to determine the safest means of delivery, including curb-side drop-off.
  • These pizza orders will provide much needed revenue to the small business restaurants serving food to communities nationwide.
  • This program will continue for as long as it takes to support these tireless workers.

Anyone can donate to the Pizza vs. Pandemic initiative with every dollar going to support the workers putting their lives on the line to help those in need during these uncertain times.

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Rouxbe Is Offering Free Online Culinary Classes


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The world is undergoing a slight upheaval at the moment. There’s a pesky bug on the loose that’s caused governments worldwide to quarantine their cities. This sounds like something right out of a summer blockbuster, yet unfortunately, it’s real life. As we collectively come to terms with this slower, socially-distanced, more OCD experience, we’re inevitably faced with figuring out how to occupy our time indoors. 

Rouxbe, the leading online culinary school, has responded to social distancing by offering 30 free days of membership. With this membership, you have access to 13 full culinary courses and 75 lessons, traditional and next-gen culinary foundations and techniques, as well as live events with chef instructors and culinary experts covering a wide range of topics. Ken Rubin, Chief Culinary Officer at Rouxbe, shares their mission:

“With so many of us practicing social distancing — either by choice or mandate —  it is inevitable that we will be eating at home. There is no reason we should settle for mediocre food or processed foods, when it’s possible to learn basic techniques that make cooking with pantry staples not only more enjoyable but also efficient and healthy.  By providing this free trial, we hope home cooks will take an opportunity to learn this important skill while taking care of themselves and their family at the same time.” 

Rubin touches on something very poignant — the idea of making the most out of your time. With all the troubling news and uncertainty, it’s easy to stress out and feel anxiety. Being stuck indoors gives us the opportunity to work on projects, binge watch shows or learn new skills.

Rouxbe’s free 30-day membership is timely and perfectly suited to anyone who enjoys spicing up their household’s meals. You can sign up for your free trial here

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Emergen-C is Literally Begging People to Not Put Its Powder In Booze

I can’t believe these words are coming out of my figurative mouth but, mixing alcohol with Emergen-C isn’t going to help your immune system. 

It was inevitable with everyone couped up in their house, looking for any hope of immunity to the festering pandemic, that someone would look around their kitchen as they were having their third boredom-fueled drink of the night, see some Emergen-C, and think to double down on their next drink. 

It didn’t take long for the idea to flood social media, prompting the brand to make it abundantly clear that this quarantine hack was nothing but a quarantine hoax.

Even so, the idea of an immune system boosting alcoholic beverage makes sense on some level, and the Foodbeast Slack lit up when the idea was posted.

That is, until my fellow Foodbeast writer and food science degree possessor, Constantine Spyrou, Euro-stepped his way through the messages to dunk on the thought of a ‘quarantini’.

There’s a reason this man has a series called Ask Costa, people. The man has the answers.

So take it from Costa, and Emergen-C themselves, and leave the Super Orange powder in your kitchen’s catch-all drawer, and out of the booze.