Meals for All Develops Vegetarian Emergency Preparedness Meals & Plan
Meals for All released their newest line of emergency preparedness meals and plan for vegetarians this month. Meals for All, launched in 2012, was developed by an RDN team as an innovative solution for emergency preparedness. The New Vegetarian product line meets nutritional needs for all typical therapeutic diets, including texture-modified—and even puree diets.
“We are thrilled to welcome the addition of a vegetarian choice into our emergency preparedness line of products,” said Lee Tincher, President, Meals for All, Inc. “The complete nutritional vegetarian requirements have been met and there are several tasty vegetarian choices we are very excited about.” she added. “Through this addition, we are looking forward to supplying our growing US customer base with another high-quality, emergency preparedness menu choice.”
The turnkey emergency preparedness plan includes delicious long shelf life foods that are regulatory compliant and easy to implement during a disaster. Plus, our Emergency Preparedness Manual and training materials to cover it all. Turnkey programs are customizable for 3-7 days of menus and food to meet any facilities requirements.
Vegetarian entrees in Meals for All include Vegetarian Pasta Alfredo, Vegetarian Stew with Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Vegetarian Stroganoff with Mushrooms, Vegetarian Curry with Rice, Vegetarian Southwestern Beans and Rice, plus vegetables, fruits and desserts representing diverse menu fare. “A bountiful array of menu items makes the Meals for All vegetarian solution versatile and appealing,” said Tincher.
There are many reasons why people follow a vegetarian diet. Health, Religion, moral preference, or they simply prefer the taste. The just-released “Vegetarianism in America” study, published by Vegetarian Times (vegetariantimes.com), shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. Our meals accommodate some common religious restrictions such as Kosher, and Halal requirements. The same delicious meals can be served to one vegetarian and will be enjoyed by all others too. The new full product line of meals includes the choice of meat or vegetarian entrees, in regular or puree versions.
All pre-planned meals are protein-rich, with moderate sodium, according to Tincher. They are processed and packaged in a USDA-inspected plant under strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) protocols, using fresh fruits and vegetables and USDA-inspected beef and poultry.
“We created Meals for All so that every healthcare facility could have a compliance-friendly solution for feeding its clients during emergencies,” added Tincher. “After observing the industry repercussions of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, wildfires forcing facility evacuations, and unpredictable earthquakes, we resolved to develop a proactive answer that would strengthen dietetic practice in our industry,” she said. As a core component of a documented disaster preparedness plan, using Meals for All helps healthcare facilities operate in accord with regulations and humanitarian needs in a crisis, she noted.
Meals for All products are easy to reconstitute in minutes. Staff open the cans, mix with boiling water, stir and serve. If required, the meals can be prepared even without hot water, allowing uninterrupted meal service even when gas and electricity are unavailable. The products are packed for easy transport in case of an evacuation and are lightweight because they are dehydrated. Food safety has been planned into the product and fully explained in the manual.
Regarding cost, Tincher explained, “A typical healthcare operation carries a hidden cost of at least 20 cents Per Patient Day (PPD) year-round, due to the expenses of ongoing emergency preparedness. Meals for All clients benefit from a 10-year shelf life. This solution can reduce costs by up to 90% over the same period and translate into continuous savings over 10 years.”
Meals for All, Inc. is helping healthcare communities ensure institutional emergency preparedness for uninterrupted nutrition care during disasters. Meals for All is currently being adopted across the USA as the standard of practice providing a safety net for institutional communities to improve patient care and help save lives in an emergency or disaster.