September/October 2022 Edition

GET TO KNOW THE PHILLY-SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER OF AHF T he Philladelphia-South Jersey Association for Healthcare Foodservice (PSJAHF) chapter is made up of food directors, managers, chefs, dieticians, and healthcare executives who wear many hats. They are problem-solvers, innovators, educators, trainers, and leaders.

presentations and panel discussions from industry experts sharing trends, tips and best practices. There are networking opportunities, and a jam-packed business partner/vendor show. Attendees will earn eight CEU’s, (including one food safety/sanitation credit) approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice (ANFP). COMMUNITY IMPACT With the tremendous support from our members and business partners, through their support of our annual symposiums, along with personal donations from our board of directors, PSJAHF has donated over $10,000 to deserving organizations that will not only have immediate impact in our local communities, but also across the world. In 2022 alone, PSJAHF donated $4,000 to the Bethany Slavic Ukraine fund, where just an $18 donation feeds a family of four for three days. Another $4,000 was donated to Saint Francis Inn, a community that ministers to the poor and homeless in the Kensington Avenue of Philadelphia, the epicenter

We are proud of our chapter’s impact locally and on the national scene through AHF involvement. We received the “Chapter of the Year” award in 2020 and 2022, recognizing the local chapter that promotes the overall mission of AHF. Brian Dixson, our incoming president, received the 2020 “Future Horizon” award, recognizing managers who are new to the industry and demonstrate future growth through contributions to their hospital and community. PSJAHF members Brian Dixson, Brianne George, and Emily Newhard of Geisinger Health System were selected as finalists in the culinary competition. The team traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2022 AHF National Conference, as one of the five finalists to compete

of the opioid crisis in the United States. $1,000 was donated to the Northeast Pennsylvania Weinberg food bank, along with another $1,000 to World Central Kitchen, specifically assisting in the Ukraine fund. Our total community donations for 2021-2022 comes to $17,500. This is a direct result of the generosity and support of our members and business partners.

in the live culinary competition, receiving an honorable mention for their dish. Both locally and nationally, there are numerous ways to connect and get involved! WHAT’S COMING UP? Finishing out 2022, throughout the month of November we will be conducting our board of directors’ and officers’ election. A call for nominations will go out to our membership the early part of November,

LOOKING AHEAD As we close out 2022 and look towards 2023 and beyond, one of the key areas we will focus on is continuing the mission of providing value, tools, resources, and solutions to our members in this fast paced, post-pandemic industry. Developing fresh ways to grow our membership, enhance our business partner relationships, while continuing to provide new ways for our members to network, collaborate and strengthen our “self-op” industry. We are looking forward to what 2023 and 2024 will hold for our chapter. We are working on some new concepts, developed directly from membership feedback, and are excited to roll out these new member resources. Check our website often for announcements, helpful resources, specific dates, locations, and RSVP details for all of our meetings and events. n

and the election will take place the second half of the month. Our annual holiday party will take place in the King of Prussia area, usually around the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. This is an excellent informal time for our members and partners to get together, have fun, and enjoy great food. Throughout the month of December we will be releasing our annual student scholarships, where PSJAHF invites local students to apply for our two scholarships. Both are worth $1,500: one is awarded to a student working on their Register Dietician “RD” certification, while the other is for students earning their Certified Dietary Manager “CDM” certification. On March 10, 2023 we will be hosting our 48th annual symposium at the Sheraton Bucks County, Langhorne, PA. This prominent one-day event features


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