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Nutrition Services Department

Inpatient Services

Good nutrition is a key component of recovering from surgery or illness. We provide nutrition care, advice and education to patients while in the hospital and after discharge from the hospital. Our team works daily to prepare fresh, healthy, appealing foods as well as working a team with the registered dietitians to offer attractive, nutritionally adequate and satisfying menus.

The Nutrition Services Department at Porter Hospital is proud to purchase and prepare local foods and beverages on all of our menus when possible to try and provide you the freshest, high quality foods, support our local farms and business as well as to uphold our commitment of the Healthy Food in Health Care Initiative. Per policy; Sustainable food options are considered in the purchasing decisions for the department to increase staff and patient access to these items and support the local economy. Local Farms and businesses may include Maple Meadows Farms, Monument Farms, Cabot, Champlain Orchards, Vermont Family Farms, Boyden Beef, Bristol Bakery, Stonyfield yogurt, Stonewood Farms, Stony Point Apiaries and Black River Produce when in season/available

Obstetrics Unit - Room Service is available when ordering foods and beverages from 6:00 am through 6:00 pm 7 days per week. Simple foods such as cereal, cheese, crackers, yogurt and juice are stocked daily on the unit.

healthy food in healthcarePorter Hospital has signed the “Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge” to show our commitment to your well-being and our environment.
You can learn more about the pledge at: http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org

vermont fresh networkPorter Hospital is currently a member of the “Vermont Fresh Network”, which encourages farmers, food producers and chefs to build partnerships that contribute to stronger local communities and economies.
For more information please see; http://www.vermontfresh.net

Visitors and family members are welcome to utilize our cafeteria which provides freshly prepared foods, soups made from scratch, extensive sandwich bar as well as fresh salad bar, and a variety of desserts and beverages

The cafeteria is open for business during:

Monday - Friday Breakfast 8:00am-10:00am
Lunch 11:00am-1:30pm
Dinner 4:30pm-6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday Lunch only 11:00am – 1:00pm

Vending Machines are available when the cafeteria is closed and available 24/7. There is two locations with vending machines, please ask for directions if needed. Vending machines include snacks, sweets, fruit, beverages (including milk), sandwiches, salads and Keurig machines with Green Mountain Coffee k-cups.

Please note we have an ATM machine located by the vending machines if needed for food/beverage purchases as the cafeteria does not accept credit cards at this time.

Living with Diabetes
A comprehensive diabetes self management course to include nutrition, medications, monitoring, exercise, stress reduction and acute/chronic complications. This course meets weekly, in a two-hour session, for five weeks and is offered twice a year. 388-4723

Outpatient Nutrition Consults
Our outpatient nutritional counseling focuses on helping individuals learn to make healthy food choices, lifestyle changes, weight management, diabetes management and eating disorders counseling and many other nutritional needs. A physician referral is generally required for individual outpatient nutrition counseling.
To contact a staff Registered Dietitian for more information please call 802-388-5620 or 802-388-4776
(For additional resources see “Porter Hospital Network of Physician Practices”)

Middlebury Area Community Garden
On the grounds of Porter Medical Center, to provide a place to cultivate for folks of all abilities who don't have a convenient space to do so at home, with a goal to foster a sense of community, sustainability, and wellness within the Middlebury area If you are interested in participating in a great garden space please visit http://middleburygardens.org for more information regarding application, guidelines, and plot information.

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