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QCC's Hospitality Program Fills A Vital Need for Seniors

June 2021
  • Bobby M’s Diner
    Bobby M’s Diner is a collaborative program between the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and QCC's Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

Quinsigamond Community College’s Hospitality and Recreation Management (HRM) program has partnered with Worcester’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and ESWA-Elder Services to deliver cultural meals to elders in the city.

Worcester’s Health and Human Services Commissioner, Dr. Matilde "Mattie" Castiel, MD noted that food insecurity in the elder population is a large issue in Worcester and for those seniors who come from culturally diverse communities, it can be a challenge to meet their dietary needs.

The Worcester Senior Center has a culturally diverse group of seniors and often meals were not familiar or culturally sensitive.

“Food brings people together and is a bonding piece for elders,” Dr. Castiel said.

Recognizing there was a need that was not being met Dr. Castiel met with QCC’s HRM Program Coordinator Pat Hutchinson and brainstorming sessions ensued. A plan was devised whereby students could experience cooking different culturally appropriate meals for a variety of culturally diverse communities.

“It’s a win-win for everyone, the college students and seniors,” Dr. Castiel said.

Read all about this innovative program, recently featured in Nutrition and Food Service Edge Magazine. Visit QCC's Hospitality Program to learn more.