Over the past year, the CISSS Outaouais has gone through a complete overhaul of its food supply. Funding provided by the Foundation was instrumental in the purchase of vital equipment for this project, such as rethermalizer carts for meal distribution, a cooling chamber, quick freezers and other equipment for the preparation of meals at the production centre. In addition, the Foundation’s contribution enabled the acquisition of equipment used to prepare meals with various, specific textures to meet the needs of of dysphagic CHSLD nursing home residents, who account for approximately 50% of all nursing home residents in the region. Textured dishes are purees molded with specialized equipment for improved appearance and presentation, while also ensuring food safety for users. Thanks to the expertise acquired by the Outaouais CISSS, many residents will be able to rediscover the simple joy of eating.