Tuesday, May 1, 2012

GMHC's Meal Program Receives another PERFECT Inspection Report with ZERO Violation Points

by David Hind

I know that we’re all familiar with the NYC Department of Health (DOH) restaurant inspection and ratings system. How many of us have walked away from a restaurant because of that big blue “C” or GRADE PENDING in the window? The strict standards that are used in those inspections are also applied to the GMHC's Meals Program Kitchen & Dining Room. Last year, not too long after we moved into the new space we were visited by a NYC DOH Inspector as expected and did very well. For the first time in the history of the Meals Program we received a perfect inspection report with ZERO violation points. (A DOH “A” rating can include up to 13 violation points.) Clearly the team did a great job maintaining the high program standards and benefited greatly by having a brand new space and all new equipment.

Yesterday, we had a surprise inspection by NYC DOH. The Inspector arrived in the middle of a very busy lunch service and ran through the entire operation, moving equipment and storage shelving, testing the temperatures of all of the food on site (both food in storage and food being prepared and served), checked inside, outside, under, over  and around all of the equipment and service stations, inspected the condiment and beverage station and observed service on the line and throughout the dining room. After compiling all of his notes, measurements and findings he submitted his final report. One year after moving into our new home the Meals Program received another PERFECT Inspection Report with ZERO Violation Points. If they gave non-profit food service programs a posted grade you’d see a Big Blue A+ on the dining room doors thanks to Chef Wilson and his team--Crystal, Lydell and Andre and their support team of students and volunteers! They are a hardworking, dedicated team who do their work with passion and commitment to serve our clients with pride! 

GMHC's Meals Program - A+!

David Hind is the Director of GMHC's Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center.

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