I recently spent a lot of time visiting the hospital where a friend of mine was very, very sick. This was a good hospital, one of the best in the country (Mass General). But the food was appalling. Cheap, greasy, and most definitely not health-promoting. There were some decent alternatives, like a fruit plate with yogurt, but mostly there was a heck of a lot of white flour and sugar, and sandwiches made with Kraft singles, and highly questionable hamburger - the sort of food you could get a Big Boy restaurant or maybe a Denny's. I don't eat this sort of stuff when I'm well because it makes me feel gross. She had to eat this stuff three meals a day for two months.
I'm frustrated and angry that we feed sick people food that is so lacking in nourishment. I've searched the internet unsuccessfully for any U.S. programs designed to improve the quality of hospital food. (There is an initiative in the U.K. in which a group of organic farmers and hospital nutritionists are working together to improve food in a few hospitals.) There are several programs aimed at improving the food in schools, but as far as I can tell, none aimed at hospitals. Does anyone know of anything? If no programs like this exist, could anyone suggest a larger group, like SlowFood, that might be interested in working on this issue? I would like to volunteer my time to such a program, would even go so far as to spearhead an effort, but I don't know where to start.