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Senior Sundays

Linda CurlessDirector of Food and Nutrition ServicesGraham HospitalCanton, Ill.The first Sunday of every month we have Senior Sundays, where we offer an entire meal including a beverage for $6.75. We ...


Seniors in need

According to research done by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, nearly 6 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2007, and 11.4% of all seniors experienced some form of food insecurity...

In Shakespeare’s tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," the fair maiden tells her lover that his name—Montague—is not important; rather, it is the type of person he is that matters.

When it comes to food, it seems, everyone’s a critic, and media types are no exception. Earlier this week, The Washington Post ran a story entitled, “Well, fed: We try the food at U.S. Government cafeterias.” Reporters were dispatched to foodservice facilities at seven federal government offices and asked to rate the quality of food and service.

Researchers have postulated that if you put a group of monkeys in a room full of typewriters—now, computers, of course—eventually they would pound out the complete works of William Shakespeare.

In my two-plus years covering the non-commercial foodservice industry, I’ve learned a lot. But one of the great things I’ve learned is that the people who work in this field are, by and large, passionate people who love to share what they are doing to help others.

In the December issue of FoodService Director, our cover story will take a look at 2010. We polled operators to see what challenges and opportunities await them in the coming year, along with the trends that figure to have the most impact on their operations. You will find a representative sampling of their responses in the feature.

During the past couple of years, most long-term care communities have undergone a shift in culture to move away from an institutional approach to senior care to a more personal approach. This transfor...

Social media and how to use it is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics in non-commercial foodservice. I will be presenting a talk on the subject at the upcoming HFM conference in Indian Wells, Calif., and SFM has Michael Atkinson, founder of foodservice social media site FohBoh, on the program at its national conference next month in San Francisco.

Directors say trends for senior dining are moving toward casual dining and additional menu options. According to the 2006 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau,...

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