WABC-TV, New York – “College cafeterias getting Health Dept. grades”

Health inspectors have forced New York City restaurants to post letter grades for cleanliness and some haven’t fared so well. Now it appears a few college cafeterias are also failing to make the grade.

The cafeteria at Pace’s Downtown Campus is used by 90% of students.  But until a few weeks ago, they were not very happy with it.  

“Students would just see dirty clothes on some of the workers, it was just not a place you would want to come and eat,” said Lance Pacheco, the Student Government President, in an on-camera interview with Art McFarland, Education Reporter for Eyewitness News on WABC-TV Channel 7 in New York City.

A Health Department inspection led to a one-day shutdown of the cafeteria, followed by a student protest.

“People were shocked, it just blew up on Facebook. Some people said they were not surprised, others said they were surprised,” said Michael Wellbrock, a Pace student.

A new grade for the Pace cafeteria is still pending.  But, there was a complete management change, after the shutdown.  “It is a very different place now,” Pacheco said.  “Things that were not there with the other company are there now,” Wellbrock said.

The Health Department says it is pleased that the standards and transparency of its food service grading system can lead to positive results.