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Cafeteria service has changed fundamentally in hospitals. The elimination of salad bars and cook to order stations has become commonplace. In light of this a transition to a more robust grab-and-go experience has taken center stage. As grab-and-go becomes responsible for more and more of the operational income, these changes have helped many hospital cafeterias continue to provide excellent service.

  • Following Social Distancing Guidelines
  • Limiting Surface Contact & Cleaning / Sanitizing
  • Menu Planning and Prep

Following Social Distancing Guidelines

In order to properly follow social distancing guidelines the traditional model of hospital cafeteria service has had to evolve like never before. In many cases the dining area has been removed along with salad bars and cook-to-order stations. Fortunately, you may already the key to overcoming these challenges.

Grab-and-go meals have been used in many hospital cafeterias, but with changes to safety protocols this method of food service has risen to a whole new level. Additional precautions have included Plexiglas dividers for cashier counters, and signage to remind customers about proper distancing. released a list of 18 must-see meals adapted for grab-and-go for food service operators during the coronavirus crisis. Read More
Following Social Distancing Guidelines
By having a good selection of grab-and-go containers can help quickly package food for sale.
Expanding your grab-and-go merchandising cases can help keep up with demand.

Clear Acrylic Counter Shields

Clear Acrylic Counter Shields
  • .177" thick clear acrylic
  • Cut-out 11"W x 8"H
  • Base feet 6" x 2" lip x 4"H

Crowd Control Stanchions

Crowd Control Stanchions
  • 14"Dia x 40"H
  • Ideal for controlling an oversized crowd in a small area
  • Matte black base and red retractable belt

Limiting Surface Contact & Cleaning / Sanitizing

Cleaning and sanitizing protocols for hospital cafeterias are more stringent now than ever. Increased cleaning frequencies and a renewed attention to limiting points of contact have become major focal points. For many hospitals a switch to disposable trays and containers have helped, while others have chosen to focus more on cleaning more frequently.

For both approaches the benefits and challenges will vary. When deciding which approach is best for your cafeteria, these items can help you prepare for your plan.

Did you know that the EPA has published a list of disinfectants specifically for use in combating the Coronavirus? Read More
Limiting Surface Contact & Cleaning / Sanitizing
Many hand sanitizer options have been released to combat COVID-19.
Personal protective equipment should be a large part of your safety plan.

Sanitizing Wipes

Sanitizing Wipes
  • 95 wipes per canister
  • Controls cross contamination
  • Sanitizes hard, non-porous surfaces

Disposable Trays

Disposable Trays
  • Sold 500 per case
  • Oil and cut resistance
  • Microwave/freezer safe

Menu Planning and Prep

A well planned menu has helped many in the healthcare food service industry to adjust to changes brought about by COVID-19. For some this has manifested in small to medium batch processes that will allow for quick prep,production, and presentation of menu items. By breaking down individual sections of your kitchen into areas that can be dedicated to individually packaging food, or for grilling sandwiches, you can regain efficiencies lost from having to add new safety processes.

MENUTECH has an outstanding blog post that details some of the concerns faced inthe healthcare industry for panning meals and ensuring safety. Read More
Menu Planning and Prep
Using a pan rack that can hold multiple food trays can consolidate trips from the kitchen and increase productivity.
Clear labeling on food in your grab-and-go merchandisers can help make the sale.

Innoseal Bag Sealer

Innoseal Bag Sealer
  • Requires no training
  • Paper liner allows easier access
  • Heavy plastic construction

Conveyer Toaster

Conveyer Toaster
  • One year warranty
  • Variable speed control knob
  • 5 minute heat up time

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