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If you're familiar with that national day calendar, then you already know that there are a lot of strange holidays out there. However, this one in particular is among the ones I celebrate.

It's National Healthcare Food Service Week and I had to tip my hat to the women and men behind the scenes in the kitchen.

When it comes to the Southcoast Healthcare system, the cooks and servers are more than just your ordinary lunch ladies or lunch men. Trust me, I can vouch for this from experience. Michael Rock and I use to frequent the Fairhaven business center on the daily for the $5.99 lunch specials.

Honestly, the food is delicious and underrated. These cooks know what they're doing and it's not just your average frozen Swanson dinners, these are home-cooked with unique family recipes that truly hit the spot.

Through the troubling times of COVID-19, one of the most difficult areas to be a part of is food service, since everything must be up to par with safety regulations, and I can tell you firsthand that the workers over at Southcoast Health are crushing it. Whether they're serving food to the healthcare workers in the cafeteria or prepping out the daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for Southcoast patients, the kitchen staff has been non-stop in ensuring the cleanliness and, of course, the deliciousness of their cooking.

The past several months have been incredibly challenging in the face of COVID-19, but the staff has proven resilient and diligent in providing the best possible care to our patients. The Food and Nutrition Departments at Southcoast Health understand that healthy nutrition goes hand-in-hand with healing, and the department is dedicated to ensuring each patient has a safe and comfortable stay. – SouthCoast Health

It goes without saying that the true underdogs of the food industry are the healthcare workers who are constantly making the SouthCoast proud with their constant effort to feed patients, doctors, nurses and visitors alike.

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