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FoodService Director - steal this idea - Dennis Dittfurth - local partnersDennis Dittfurth
Director of Hospitality Services
Northeast Methodist Hospital
San Antonio

Look into affiliations with local organizations for recruiting help. A lot of high schools and community colleges will partner with you to do on-site vocational training. We've partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to establish a culinary educational program that gives back to the community. You can also get local and federal tax incentives for hiring parolees. 
 

 
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