[San Francisco Public Press] Rethinking the future of restaurants beyond the pandemic

This is the third episode of a three-part series I reported and hosted with Civic, the flagship podcast of the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit publication that focuses on accountability journalism and where policy meets people. This episode originally aired on March 31, 2021, on 102.5 FM in San Francisco, and wherever you listen to podcasts.


Saru Jayaraman, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, director of the university’s Food Labor Research Center, and president of One Fair Wage, a national campaign to end sub-minimum wage in the United States, helped launch a food support program called High Roads Kitchen during the pandemic that employs restaurant workers to feed the hungry. In this final episode of a three-part series by Sonia Paul, Jayaraman discusses the industry’s structural inequities and how COVID-19 has amplified them, and whether food support programs launched in the pandemic can scale up to also help push for more systemic change.


Hear Part 1 of this series here and Part 2 here.

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