Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Home Delivered Meals: Volunteers and the Food Safety Connection

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Home Delivered Meals: Volunteers and the Food Safety Connection

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University of North texas. Lisa Kennon, University of North Texas, and Carolyn Bednar, CFCS, Texas Woman's University. $6,148.

With the growth of the elderly population, more elderly can be expected to live at home. Many can no longer purchase or prepare their own meals, and rely on home delivered meals provided by agency sponsored programs such as Meals on Wheels. Most of the literature concerning these programs addresses the social and nutritional impact of these meals, while very little research has been conducted regarding these home meal delivery systems in terms of food safety. Home-delivered meal operations are unique in that the delivery person has total control over the food once it leaves the central kitchen after it is packaged. It is essential that volunteers are knowledgeable about food safety and its impact on the elderly.

Project Objectives

* Survey administrators of home delivered meal operations within the state of Texas to determine who prepares the food, style of packaging methods of hot and cold holding, the specific delivery system, and methods of monitoring temperature of food during delivery to the home. …

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