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Happy Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week: Ideas to Celebrate Your Team (with Examples from Other Communities!)

Healthcare Foodservice Workers understand that food isn't just fuel; it's a form of medicine that can boost recovery, lift spirits, and bring a sense of normalcy to those navigating the challenges of illness.

In honor of Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week, we want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the dietary teams behind hospitals and healthcare communities who serve smiles and nourishment every day. On this special week, let’s celebrate these dedicated individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes.

If you’re looking for ideas to celebrate your own healthcare foodservice team, keep reading for fresh ideas to show them how much they’re appreciated:

Workers from healthcare making pizza
Via Ryan Conklin

1. Send them home with takeaway

After a long day in the kitchen, your team is sure to appreciate not having to cook for themselves when they get home! Send them away with homemade pizza, like UNC REX Healthcare did right here, or any fan-favorite meal you know your team members will love.

Spa composition soap salt bombs on pink background

2. Build self-care packages

Self-care is so important for a healthy and happy team – and what better time to encourage them to give back to themselves than Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week? DIY or order on Etsy a self-care package complete with products like masks, bath bombs, soaps, heating pads and candles so your employees can build their own spa night!

Linkedin post from Trinity Healthcare

3. Share the love on Social Media

Social media is a great platform to celebrate your hardworking team with the world. Work with your marketing representatives to plan for some individual team member spotlights, appreciation posts, quotes from patients/residents or photos of memorable team moments to go out on your feeds during this week. Your team members will be so proud to share the posts that feature them (just be sure to ask their permission before posting about them on your feeds!)

For example, we love this post by Trilogy Health Services that shines a spotlight on the nutritious meals their teams deliver every day.

Linkedin post from Ryan Conklin

4. Have fun with contests and giveaways!

Who doesn’t love to be a prizewinner?! Host fun games and giveaways to engage and give back to your teams during Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week. Try a “spin to win” like Ryan did with his team here, or give one of these other ideas a go:

  • Set up team trivia where they can answer food-related questions for prizes
  • Do a scavenger hunt where small groups can follow clues to locate their prize
  • Organize a friendly cooking competition: a pizza cook-off or a challenge to create a dish with mystery ingredients
  • Host a social media contest that encourages your teams to post about why they love what they do (with the #HealthcareFoodserviceWorkersWeek hashtag!)

5. Show your care with cards

Cards can be cliché, but when they’re fun and personalized – they are sure to put a smile on someone’s face. That’s why we created these printable thank-you cards with a food-punny twist the foodies on your team are sure to love.

Click here to download them FREE so they’re ready to print and distribute for Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week. TIP: Write a personalized note about how much they mean to you and the team – a few kind words can go a long way in making someone’s day.

We hope you have a wonderful Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week celebrating YOU and your team. As a Healthcare Foodservice Worker, you are a true hero making a difference in so many lives. We deeply appreciate all that you do!

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