Plan for Dietary Services
As has previously been reported, the Dietary Services Department will be closing its doors on Friday, September 5. While we prepare to honor the remaining staff members of the Department and celebrate the Department’s decades of service, we have also been planning for how to address the various functions that Dietary Services provided. To help implement these plans, we are pleased that Robin Metcalf has assumed the permanent position of Dietary Services Liaison (DSL), reporting to the Director of Centralized Services. In addition, Maggy (Director of Nutritional Services) has agreed to continue working through the month of September to assist with the transition.
Following is a summary of the major functions the Dietary Services Department has provided and the plan to continue, modify or replace the function:
1. Meals for children in the schools and residence – KidzTable has been providing meals and snacks to our schools since July 1 and began serving the diagnostic classrooms today (August 25). They have piloted several meal deliveries in the residence and are prepared to assume the total operation of food service for the residence starting Monday, September 1.
2. Snacks for children in the Timonium Therapeutic After School Program (TASP) – Snacks will continue to be purchased and provided to the Timonium TASP by the DSL. They will be stored in the SVV-DV kitchen.
3. Lunch service for staff – Unfortunately a food vendor has not been identified to provide lunch service to staff at the residential facilities, due to the small volume. While efforts continue to be made to identify a vendor, in the interim, vending machines will be installed at SVV-DV and SVV-PS which contain sandwiches and other lunch items. At SVV-PS, the vending machine will be installed in kitchen area adjacent to the break room. At SVV-DV, the vending machine will be installed in the vending machine room outside the kitchen. Tables will still be available for staff to gather and eat in the SVV-DV cafeteria. These machines should be installed within the next 5 – 10 days; an announcement will go out when the machines are installed.
Lunch service for staff will discontinue on Friday, August 29.
4. Coffee and hot chocolate machines – The coffee/hot chocolate machine at SVV-PS will continue to be maintained as it has been, however the Housekeeping Department will clean the machine and surrounding area. (Thank you, Maung Myint!)
At SVV-DV, the existing coffee and hot chocolate machines will be removed from the vending machine room outside the cafeteria. The Keurig machine that is currently located in the little kitchen outside of Sue Franklin’s office will be placed in this vending machine room. The DSL will be responsible for maintaining a supply of Keurig cups.
If we receive the Unaccompanied Child Program grant, a more sophisticated coffee/hot chocolate machine similar to what is at SVV-PS will be installed.
5. Refreshments for meetings, trainings, farewell parties and other events – We will continue to purchase and keep on hand water, juice and other beverages for meetings, trainings, farewell parties and other events. A Dietary Requisition Form should be submitted to the DSL to request these items.
Food will need to be brought or catered in. The DSL will work with event organizers to identify local caterers or food stores. The responsibility for ordering food will rest with the event organizer.
6. Discharge parties for children in the residence – We will continue to provide cupcakes and drinks for discharge parties. A Requisition Form should be submitted to the DSL.
7. Birthday parties for children the residence – Mary Lee Saarbach has graciously volunteered to provide the food, drinks and paper supplies for birthday parties. She has a form for staff to use to inform her of an upcoming party.
8. Provision of paper goods – We will continue to maintain a supply of kitchen-related paper goods, such as plates, cups, utensils, napkins and paper table cloths. KidzTable will also supply paper plates, utensils and napkins upon request.
9. Emergency food supplies – KidzTable will maintain the emergency food supplies in the two residence campuses and the schools that are to be used in the event that food service is disrupted by emergency conditions. Our DSL will order and maintain supplies of food in the event a child misses a meal, will not eat what is being served, or needs a certain type of food for medical reasons. Some of these items, such as Sun Butter, jelly, and bread, will be delivered to the schools and residential units upon request (please use a Requisition Form). Additional supplies will be stored in the kitchens at the schools and residential campuses.
Hopefully this information covers the majority of functions traditionally covered by the Dietary Services Department. Please check with either myself, Maggy or Robin if you have questions about these plans or anything that may have been left out. We appreciate your patience during the transition time and look forward to your suggestions about how to continue provide an appropriate level of dietary-related service.