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Getting Ready for a Healthy Summer

Last season, we launched our healthy eating initiative at the Ginny Duenkel Pool to some success as we did change some mindsets regarding eating.  However, to continue our improvement we also needed to learn from some of our shortcomings and challenges.  For the 2019 season, we undertook a search for a new vendor for our snack bar.  Traditionally, we would reach out to restaurants, delis and catering companies.  However, for this season while we reached out to those same business types, we sharpened our focus to those companies that also operate cafeterias in public settings.

Most restaurants, delis and catering companies have a static menu.  They stick to the classics that they know are going to sell and are also in high demand.  Through no fault of their own, they are risk adverse.  However, cafeterias have the same captive audience every day so the need to innovate is much greater in order to keep the people coming.  If the menu stays the same, the customer may experience fatigue from the same items.  This need to innovate and captive audience makes them much more receptive to healthy food choices.  As the audience is almost always the same, they are more likely to make the healthy choice the standard while the comfort food becomes the treat.

The similarities between a cafeteria and the pool snack bar are great, so it makes the pool snack bar an ideal fit for a vendor with experience in running a cafeteria.  With our sharpened focus and the experience of the vendor in this environment, we foresee a successful summer of healthy eating at the Ginny Duenkel Pool.

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Township of West Orange (Via West Orange Recreation Dept.)

The West Orange Recreation Department offers year round programming for our residents. One of our most popular activities is the Ginny Duenkel Pool.