APS cafeteria workers call for ouster of nutrition director

Dozens of cafeteria workers, parents and students packed into a standing-room-only Atlanta School Board meeting Monday night to demand the resignation of nutrition director Marilyn Hughes.

According to a report from our media affiliate CBS46, workers said they raised the alarm months ago about unsafe and unhealthy conditions in many Atlanta Public School cafeterias, but Hughes refused to take action. Members of AFSCME, the union that oversees cafeteria workers, showed pictures of rat and roach droppings, slime on equipment and moldy food taken in one of the cafeterias.

APS said it contracts a company, Sodexo, to handle food service and that all Sodexo managed cafeterias have passed inspection this year and are in compliance with health department guidelines.

APS also released the following statement: “Atlanta Public Schools’ nutrition services department is responsible for conducting regular audits of these services and continues to be forthright in raising concerns. All cafeteria sites have passed inspection this year and are in compliance with health department guidelines. APS is aware of ongoing labor relations issues between Sodexo and local employee organizations; however, our focus remains to ensure safe meal preparation and cafeteria environments for our students.”

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