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Insitutional Food - This is a rant - I admit it

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Insitutional Food - This is a rant - I admit it

Fiona | Mar 23, 2010 08:22 AM

Over the past few years I have been visiting my elderly aunt (96 now) who lives in an assisted living facility where all of the residents eat in the dining room. All of the residents are either elderly, have compromised health or both. The food that is served is carbs, fried, protein heavy, salt heavy, low on veggies and just bad. It can't be good for the residents but this seems to be standard for this type of facility as well as for hospitals! What are we doing feeding this stuff to people who need, perhaps more than any of us except little kids, tasty and healthy food?!
I do try to take my aunt out to eat better food when I visit but she is not always able or willing to go out. Taking food to her does not seem to be an option due to distance (me) and storage (her) problems. By the way - this particular facility is surrounded by farms and farm stands.
Okay - I have ranted (inspired by the post on the Jamie Oliver show) but what to do?
Thanks for listening.

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