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We partnered with our produce company to offer farmers markets to the Northwest Community Healthcare region and employees during the summer months.

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Every summer we do a culinary camp for kids. They get to wear the chef’s coat and everything. We focus on a different culture every day, so they get to do Spanish or African, etc.

One of the ways we have found to control food waste has been to not automatically give out toppings for items like burgers. Instead, we will add things like lettuce and tomatoes only if students ask...

I wrote a manual to spell out how we should be purchasing food to help us improve the health of our patients and employees.

We created an approved foods tool, so parents and teachers know what food items meet the Smart Snacks regs.

When an item on the menu is local, we write the name of the item on a little chalkboard at the point of sale.

One example is the Potato Story game, in which we divide employees up into groups of four or five and ask them to create a short story

We encourage the catering team and cooks to take pictures with their cell phones of the menus, recipes and plate presentation.

We held a zero-waste night event at a recent basketball game. The goal was to bring environmental awareness to the arena while diverting 90% of waste from landfills to recycling bins and composters.

One of the ways we celebrated Earth Day this year was by incorporating fresh herbs into some of the dishes served at each station, such as Mint Chicken and Basil Pasta.

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