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Associates at Donatos in Columbus have a choice of T-shirts and hats—including a military-style cap, beanie or slouch hat—to keep their hair away from food.

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The goal is to provide key information such as weather, menu selections, employee updates, special events, issues and repairs.

Employees are assembled into teams and then asked to find things, such as the nearest fire extinguisher or a fellow employee who has a child in high school.

Employees who do something above and beyond are awarded a certificate and they get to choose any #10 can of food from our storeroom.

The program takes employees such as line servers and dishwashers and pair them with chefs and cooks to teach them about food.

We’re considering doing half and half—some items already made and some made to order, with the top five items being premade.

We invite managers to call down and place orders for their units, and we take the lunches up to them.

Chef Henry Godfrey at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., created a cooking group to support some of the hospital’s psychiatric patients.

We have begun sending milk at breakfast only to those patients who ask for it, instead of including milk on every tray.

There’s no space for us to invite local farmers to do a farmers market. So we had our produce company bring in local produce.

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