09 September 2020   

We know it's important for retirement villages and aged care facilities to provide residents with the right amount of healthy, nutritious food, while running an efficient and cost-effective kitchen.

An audit of food waste in retirement villages across the mid North Coast has found that our Parklands Retirement Village is leading the way - reducing costs, improving efficiencies and minimising food waste at the Port Macquarie village.

 

The review, part of the Your Business Is Food program being rolled out by MidWaste, found that Parklands Retirement Village has implemented a number of food waste reduction initiatives, such as having residents pre-order their meals, offering portion size options and checking stock levels prior to purchasing food.

 

Village manager, Jeff McHugh, said that the on-site kitchen caters for 30 residents in serviced apartments, and has a strong connection with the village café to make the most of excess food. Jeff said: "Rather than seeing surplus from the kitchen go to waste, we sell complete meals through the café or make use of leftover ingredients, such as turning roast vegetables into a veggie frittata."

 

"This not only reduces costs, prevents waste and increases efficiencies, but it also means our 165 residents can access great quality, home-style meals within the village instead of relying on an outside meal service."

 

Jeff said that sustainability is a key consideration for Stockland, as well as its employees and residents, with the village offering green waste bins for residents to use, and using peelings and scraps from the kitchen as compost on the village gardens. Jeff stated: "We're very conscious of our impact on the environment, and encourage others to take up this free program to improve their systems, cut costs and reduce food waste."

Find out more about Parklands wonderful community. Call 1800 72 71 70 today to speak to Ally and arrange a tour of the stunning homes and over 55’s community.

You may have to pay a departure fee when you leave this village. You will have to share any capital gains received with the operator of this village.