So what's it like feeding over 280 kids and 100+ employees daily here at NPH? Not easy, that's for sure! The cooks start their day before the crack of dawn with the preparation of breakfast. The kids are in the commodor eating by 6:00am every day.
The kids themselves serve the food. They rotate through for each meal, dishing out for everyone else before sitting down to eat. The perk to this is they usually get to have a little extra helping on their own plate. All the kids wash their own losa (an NPH term for plate, cup and spoon) after each meal.
The only real exception to this is the special needs kids and the baby house kids who have their own kitchens and eat in their own houses. There is added protein in the baby diet and because they have a slightly different meal plan, they eat all but one dinner a week separately. The special needs kids eat with the other kids about twice a week but because of the help they need to eat, it is more feasible for them to eat in their house.