15 Jul Pantry Service in Chicago Highlights National Blueberry Month
How are your Chicago employees, their break room and blueberries connected? The answer is pantry service! Okay, that might sound a bit crazy, but hear me out.
First, let’s define what pantry service is. The short answer is a break room that is set up to offer a wide variety of snacks, drinks, and fresh food items at no cost to your employees. Every part of the space has been personalized based on your employees, your budget and your specific goals for the program. Many organizations use it to attract and retain talent and offer a quick, on-site refreshment option for busy employees.
Chicago employees see pantry service as a valuable benefit or perk. They feel valued by their employer and appreciate the convenient access to healthy or better-for-you choices especially when they are on the go. Supporting or encouraging your employees’ healthy choices is good for your organization too. Healthy employees are more productive and creative and have fewer sick days.
Better-for-you options often include a variety of fresh fruit, breakfast cereals, sandwiches, wraps, salads, protein bars, better-for-you salty and sweet snacks, and plain and flavored flat and carbonated waters. This is where we get back to the blueberries.
Consuming fruit like blueberries is one way for Chicago employees to get needed vitamins and minerals, which can help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese; and can reduce the risk of DNA damage, factors of heart disease and high blood pressure.
What better time of the year to focus on blueberries in your break room pantry service than National Blueberry Month. Blueberries are currently in season in most parts of the U.S., making July a great time to enjoy them even while everyone is at work.
Fresh blueberries can be eaten in Chicago break rooms by themselves as a snack, as part of a fruit salad or in yogurt or cereal. If fresh blueberries are not available, frozen blueberries also work great in baked goods such as blueberry muffins or scones, or in smoothies, juices and flavored carbonated water.
How will you incorporate blueberries and other fruit in your break room pantry service? Fox Vending would like to help make sure your Chicago employees have access to healthy snacks, fresh food, and hot and cold beverages in their break room. To learn more, please contact us at (800) 694-2800.