3 ways foodservice operators are building community among diners

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Foodservice operators across the country are thinking up new ways to help customers bond while breaking bread. Here are three events they’re holding to encourage diners to make mealtime connections.  

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1. Monthly community meals

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Concrete School District in Concrete, Wash., hosts free community dinners at its high school cafeteria each month. The meals are often served before or after an event at the school and are sponsored by a community organization such as the town council or the district’s farm-to-school program.

2. Block parties

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With the help of the dining team, residents at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, Mass., can hold block parties in their wing’s common area to socialize with neighbors over food and drinks. Food Service Director Cindy Fuller says that residents make food and drink requests and then the team takes care of the rest.

3. Lunch with local law enforcement

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At Eastmont School District in East Wenatchee, Wash., local police officers are able to enjoy free breakfast or lunch inside the school cafeterias. While the free meals add an extra security presence at school, they are also intended to connect students with the officers and allow them to build relationships in a casual setting.

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