Sunday, Feb 18 2018 | Updated at 08:40 PM EST

Stay Connected With Us F T R

Apr 17, 2017 11:27 AM EDT

State University of New York's Orange County Community College in Middletown will be replacing its cafeteria workers with vending machines. This was said to be done as part of efforts to prevent more losses for its cafeteria business.

The workers will be laid off at the end of the spring semester. They will be replaced by food-dispensing machines.

In an email to students, Vinnie Cazzetta, executive director of the nonprofit Orange County Community College Association, said that the change comes after the school's food-service operations showed a deficit of over $150,000 last year. This is a continuation of a trend of significant operations losses that has plagued the college for years.

The association runs the cafeterias, the Times Herald-Record reported. Cazzetta admitted that, as part of the plan, nine full-time workers and three part-timers will be laid off.

An external audit was conducted back in December. It found that the cafeteria was facing larger financial problems.

Cazzetta added that they may be out of business within a year or so if they do not push through with the replacement. They would not have been able to make payroll.

The College Association is a nonprofit organization that provides supplementary services to SUNY Orange. It has been running since the late 1950s and runs the campus book store and food services. The association also manages real estate for future campus development.

The changes will take effect in June. The college has four food centers in the Middletown campus' Shepard Student Center, the Rowley Center, a café in its bio-tech building as well as in Kaplan Hall in Newburgh.

Staff in all four food centers will be laid off. According to the Associated Press, workers cried after hearing about the layoffs. Students also noted that they will miss the staff members and the fresh food.

Food ATMs are believed to be the future of fast-food. Last year, Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio also introduced a pizza ATM. It was invented by French company Paline.

Follows SUNY, State University of New York, Orange County Community College, cafeteria, vending machine, automation, tech
© 2017 University Herald, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Must Read

Here is NASA’s Take On Anonymous Hackers Alien Claims [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTNASA official says no alien has been found until today.

International Cyber Attack Strikes Again: Ransomware Hits Companies Worldwide [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTOver 2,000 computers in about a dozen countries were affected.

The Magic of Celebrity Involvement: How Projects and Concepts Get Public Nod When Icons Get Involved [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTDo celebrities really affect marketing?

Student Loans In Focus: How Much Do Students Really Borrow To Attend The Top 10 Schools [VIDEO]

Jun 26, 2017 AM EDTFor most students, going into the Top 10 schools is a dream come true. But is the expense in studying in these schools worth it?