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College Replacing Cafeteria Workers With Dispensing Machines

Students say they'll miss the fresh food served by staff members

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    The entire cafeteria staff will be laid off at an upstate New York community college and replaced with food-dispensing machines.

    The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports nine full-time and three part-time workers will be laid off after the spring semester at the State University of New York's Orange County Community College.

    In an email sent to students, the executive director of the Orange County Community College Association says the change follows last year's deficit of more than $150,000 in food-service operations.

    Students say they'll miss the fresh food served by staff members who know their faces. 

    Jessica Melchick, a food staffer for the past four years, said the staff cried when they heard about the layoffs Friday. 

    The nonprofit that runs the college's food service plans to contract with a new vendor for the self-serve kiosks.