Carrie Stone, Internal Communications | January 18, 2021
It has taken heroic efforts to ensure meals continue for the religious community at Notre Dame during the pandemic.
There are five religious houses on campus, and more than 200 Holy Cross religious call one of them home. The kitchens in those residences are busy every day of every year, including holidays. Not even a global pandemic interrupts this schedule.
Behind those hundreds of meals is a chef and a team for each house who have continued to prepare and serve food without pause since news of the pandemic broke in March.
“We don’t stop serving meals to our residents, ever,” said Scott Lanier, program director for dining and nutrition services for religious houses. “This is home for them.”
Along with a total culinary team of 55 staff members, the chefs prepare and serve daily meals to about 250 religious members in two provinces (the Midwest Province of Brothers and the United States Province of Priests and Brothers). Since some of the residents are in the most vulnerable population with age and health conditions, the protocol and nutrition requirements are strict and serious.
Lanier oversees the dining teams and knows firsthand the importance of those meals. The pandemic necessitated new safety protocols and training. Lanier and Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of campus dining, have been with the dining teams every step of the way while working closely with the Holy Cross leadership to make the changes as painless as possible for the priests, brothers and men in formation.
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