SimpleCook™

SimpleCook™ is an all new kitchen innovation from GA Foods that provides a flexible approach to group meals that…

  • Reduces the cost of your meal programSimpleCook - kitchen innovation from GA Foods
  • Improves food safety
  • Ensures “fresh from the oven” taste
  • Guarantees proper food temperatures at all stages of preparation
  • Allows multiple options matched to individual preferences for each mealtime
  • Works without a full kitchen by using the latest oven technology from GA Foods
  • Utilizes either our SunMeadow® frozen senior meals or our SchoolFuel™ frozen child nutrition meals that are chef and dietitian designed to incorporate great taste and nutrition

Download Congregate Meal Program Case Study
Download Case Study: Mid-America Regional Council on Aging
 

Kitchen Innovation – How it Works…

For Senior Nutrition Programs

SunMeadow nutritious and delicious meals for seniorsThe flexibility of our modular SimpleCook™ system allows home and community-based service providers the ability to customize meal programs to best fit their needs. The following service options can be “mixed and matched” to create the optimal combination for each situation. SimpleCook™ works with our SunMeadow® brand meals that are designed specifically for seniors’ nutritional needs and taste preferences.

Option 1: Weekly Home Delivered Meals (click for more info)

Step 1: Meals Produced by Chef and his Staff

Meals are produced in USDA kitchen

Meals are prepared in our modern, continuously USDA-inspected production kitchen.

  • Meals are made with fresh, local (when possible) ingredients picked at the peak of ripeness and highest nutritional content.
  • Meals are prepared under constant USDA and food scientist supervision using HACCP and GMP processes.
  • Food samples and equipment are tested and analyzed during production to ensure the absence of pathogens.
  • Facility and process is inspected by USDA, FDA, state and local authorities, and by AAA agencies during monitoring audits.

Step 2: Freezing Ensures Safety and Great Taste

Meals are Flash Frozen to lock in Freshness

Pre-plated (and portion-controlled) meals are flash-frozen in a spiral freezer.

  • Meals are maintained in cold storage at -10°F until delivery.
  • Safe handling is ensured and cold-chain remains unbroken throughout the process.
  • Freezing preserves nutritional content at peak levels.

Step 3: Delivery

Delivery

Meals are delivered weekly by specially designed freezer trucks.

  • Delivery routes are optimized for efficiency and tracked by GPS.
  • Deliveries are made on the same day at approximately the same time so seniors can plan doctors visits and other activities.
  • Drivers phone seniors, if needed, to allow them extra time to reach the door and so they know who is at the door.
  • Centralized, multi-lingual call center schedules any needed redeliveries and manages any other necessary changes or paperwork.

Step 4: Home Check

Home assessment and food delivery

Uniformed and trained drivers deliver meals to seniors.

  • Drivers are thoroughly screened, including Level 2 background checks.
  • Driver unpacks meals and stores in senior’s freezer until ready to eat.
  • Drivers are trained to recognize issues in the senior’s home.
  • Case Managers will be notified immediately of unusual or unsafe conditions.
  • Specialized tablet technology allows real-time data capture, surveys, and reporting.

 

Step 5: Meals Enjoyed by Recipient

Meals are Heated when Convenient

A meal is taken directly from the freezer to oven or microwave and immediately consumed by the senior.

  • Senior has a choice of meals at mealtime.
  • Senior can eat what they want when it is most convenient.
  • Meals are ensured to be safely handled through the entire process.

 

Option 2: Hot Congregate Meals (click for more info)

Step 1: Meals Produced by Chef and his Staff

Meals are produced in USDA kitchen

Meals are prepared in our modern, continuously USDA-inspected production kitchen.

  • Meals are made with fresh, local (when possible) ingredients picked at the peak of ripeness and highest nutritional content.
  • Meals are prepared under constant USDA and food scientist supervision using HACCP and GMP processes.
  • Food samples and equipment are tested and analyzed during production to ensure the absence of pathogens.
  • Facility and process is inspected by USDA, FDA, state and local authorities, and by AAA agencies during monitoring audits.

Step 2: Freezing Ensures Safety and Great Taste

Meals are Flash Frozen to lock in Freshness

Pre-plated (and portion-controlled) meals are flash-frozen in a spiral freezer.

  • Meals are maintained in cold storage at -10°F until delivery.
  • Safe handling is ensured and cold-chain remains unbroken throughout the process.
  • Freezing preserves nutritional content at peak levels.

Step 3: Delivery

Safe food delivery

Meals are delivered weekly by specially designed freezer trucks.

  • Storage freezers can be provided by GA Foods, if needed.
  • Cold chain is never broken to ensure food safety.

Additional side components, such as dairy, bread, fruit & dessert, will be delivered on a regular schedule.

Step 4: Local Provider Heats Meals for Congregate Diners

Hot meals produced on site
  • Each day, local providers will heat pre-plated meals for congregate diners.
  • Ovens will be provided by GA Foods, if needed.
  • Local providers will be trained on safe food handling practices by GA Foods.

 

Step 5: Meals Enjoyed by Recipient

Delicious SunMeadow meals for seniors
  • Hot meals would be consumed by the recipient at the congregate site fresh from the oven.
  • Senior can be offered a choice of meals at mealtime.
  • Meals are ensured to be safely handled through the entire process.
Option 3: Hot Daily Home Delivered Meals (click for more info)

Step 1: Meals Produced by Chef and his Staff

Meals are produced in USDA kitchen

Meals are prepared in our modern, continuously USDA-inspected production kitchen.

  • Meals are made with fresh, local (when possible) ingredients picked at the peak of ripeness and highest nutritional content.
  • Meals are prepared under constant USDA and food scientist supervision using HACCP and GMP processes.
  • Food samples and equipment are tested and analyzed during production to ensure the absence of pathogens.
  • Facility and process is inspected by USDA, FDA, state and local authorities, and by AAA agencies during monitoring audits.

Step 2: Freezing Ensures Safety and Great Taste

Meals are Flash Frozen to lock in Freshness

Pre-plated (and portion-controlled) meals are flash-frozen in a spiral freezer.

  • Meals are maintained in cold storage at -10°F until delivery.
  • Safe handling is ensured and cold-chain remains unbroken throughout the process.
  • Freezing preserves nutritional content at peak levels.

Step 3: Delivery

Safe food delivery

Meals are delivered weekly by specially designed freezer trucks.

  • Storage freezers can be provided by GA Foods, if needed.
  • Cold chain is never broken to ensure food safety.

Additional side components, such as dairy, bread, fruit & dessert, will be delivered on a regular schedule.

Step 4: Local Provider Heats Meals for Home Delivered Recipients


Each day, local providers will heat pre-plated meals for congregate and home-delivered diners.

  • Ovens can be provided by GA Foods, if needed.
  • Local providers will be trained on safe food handling practices by GA Foods.

Step 5: Home Delivered Meals and Wellbeing Check

Hot home delivered meals

Local provider staff and/or volunteers deliver meals to seniors.

  • Local providers may opt to deliver daily hot pre-plated meals to high-risk seniors while delivering frozen meals weekly to all others.
  • Based on our experience with other customers, 85% or more of home-delivered seniors will prefer to receive SunMeadow® Total Meal Solution boxes.  The remaining high-risk consumers will receive daily hot meals from the inventory delivered to the provider.

 

Step 6: Meals Enjoyed by Recipient

Delicious SunMeadow meals for seniors

Hot meals would be consumed by recipient immediately upon delivery.

  • High-risk senior receives the benefit of a daily check-in
  • Isolated seniors benefit from social interaction with volunteer or driver on a daily basis

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SimpleCook - kitchen innovation by GA Foods