Changing the Face of Hospital Food in Virginia


photo: Sara Novak

When I saw this story I couldn't help the huge grin that appeared on my face. I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Va so a story such as this in my small hometown lightens my heart. While hospital food certainly has a bad reputation, and in many cases, it's deserved, the University Health System at the University of Virginia is taking steps to change all that thanks to Local Food Hub.University Health Systems at the University of Virginia is taking steps to change the face of hospital foods, both for patients and in the dining areas of the hospital. With the help of Local Food Hub, the hospital is having more and more produce shipped in from area farms. It's only a start from my perspective, but a strong one at that. Green peppers, squash, apples, tomatoes, broccoli, pears, and other seasonal produce are shipped into the hospital each week.

Purchasing Manager Dale Haskins is taking pains to seek out the good stuff both for patients, employees, and visitors but he couldn't do it without Local Food Hub, a non-profit that provides the infrastructure that makes it possible for small central Virginia farmers to sell their produce to large entities like the hospital.

This is a great example for hospitals across the country to follow. After all, as Local Food Hub says," Isn't it ironic that in the very place you go to get well, the food they serve could be so very bad?"

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Eating Local Food: The Movement, Locavores and More
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