Hospitals are serving better food thanks to Pa. health department program

Lynne Adkins
October 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
Getting a meal in the hospital.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A program at the Pennsylvania Department of Health is changing the way we think of hospital food.

Hospital food should taste good, be healthy and nutritious, and the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals initiative is trying to make that the norm, according to Cindy Findley, deputy secretary for the health department. 

She says the hospitals taking part pledge to offer locally-sourced healthy food, then follow guidelines on how those meals are prepared, served and sold.

"It's actually going quite well. Currently we have 10 health systems involved, that's about 39 hospitals. There are 20 in Philadelphia and 19 outside of Philadelphia and we hope to spread this throughout the state," she said. 

Two Philadelphia-area hospitals recently signed on and she's expecting another health system to join by the end of the year.