In re­sponse to a com­men­tary ar­ti­cle, “Fed but not nour­ished” (March 20, 2017)

The McGill Daily - - Commentary - Sub­mit your own: let­ters@mcgill­daily.com

As a Univer­sity food ser­vice we can al­ways do bet­ter, but this ar­ti­cle was a lit­tle mis­lead­ing. Our din­ing halls of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of choices, some in the com­fort food or un­healthy snack cat­e­gory, while most are bal­anced or healthy op­tions.

Your state­ment, “Presently, Mcgill cafe­te­rias cater more to what a stu­dent wants to eat than what a stu­dent needs to eat” is false; we aim to do both.

We do of­fer pou­tines once a month in most res­i­dences and we do a cookie mad­ness day 2-3 times a se­mes­ter in only two res­i­dences. Our un­health­ier op­tions are stag­gered through­out the year, whereas Meat­less Mon­day, how­ever, is held and sub­si­dized in all res­i­dences once a week all year.

There was a ref­er­ence to Nutella by the kilo; SHHS only of­fers 11g or snack pack­ages.

We of­fer soft drinks, but we also of­fer more than 10 choices of “milk” – 1 per cent milk, skim milk, choco­late milk, three fla- vors of soy, three more of al­mond, lac­tose free… as well as more than thirty other non- car­bon­ated/ non- sugar drinks.

We of­fer only soups made from scratch and there is al­ways a veg­e­tar­ian or ve­gan op­tion avail­able. Many of our “cream soups” are ac­tu­ally creamed with liq­uid tofu!

In din­ing halls the “Hot Meals” are not usu­ally car­bo­hy­drate op­tions but are most often a lean, sus­tain­ably sourced pro­tein and a veg­e­tar­ian and or ve­gan op­tion with pro­tein com­ing from tofu and legumes, with a side of fresh- roasted or steamed veg­eta­bles and a wide se­lec­tion of rice, grains, pas­tas, and pota­toes.

SHHS has two full-time and one-part time nu­tri­tion­ists on staff. We are the first Cana­dian univer­sity to seek and achieve a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from SPE ( a third- party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion) for nu­tri­tious and sus­tain­able choices in the din­ing halls. — Oliver de Volpi Ex­ec­u­tive Chef, Op­er­a­tions and Sus­tain­abil­ity

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