Cura Hospitality recently debuted its new Lunch Box automated food and beverage solution at several hospital locations, including TidalHealth in Delaware and the Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) in Pennsylvania. The units expand the availability of freshly prepared grab and go meal offerings while providing hospital staff and visitors with a convenient culinary experience throughout the entire day.
“We wanted to do something special for our employees at the ICare Lounge, especially for those who are working or visiting the hospital when the cafe is closed,” said Michael Straley, the executive director of the Foundation at FCMC at the ribbon cutting on November 8th. “This was truly a team effort with Cura Hospitality, our dining partner, who collaborated with us on identifying the best technology and cooler as an optimal and flexible 24/7 automated solution for on-the-go meals. The Lunch Box is an excellent add-on that creates more convenient food options for hospital staff and visitors alike.”
The Lunch Box enables customers to purchase regular grab-and-go items, as well as food prepared by the Cura dining staff that they would normally get in the café with a simple credit or debit card swipe. “Customers can purchase freshly made salads and wraps, homemade soups, lasagna, roast beef, chicken tenders, buffalo wings, mac & cheese and dessert selections,” explains Cura Hospitality General Manager Lou DeMaio. “A microwave is positioned next to The Lunch Box cooler, where customers can conveniently reheat their meals with the instructions provided.”
Customers can view the current inventory of The Lunch Box via a website, so they know exactly what is available and how many, allowing for quicker purchasing decisions.
“Considering most employees only have 30 minutes for their lunch break, this new option will save them a ton of time,” DeMaio notes.
The Lunch Box cooler also allows the Cura team to monitor the inventory through an app.
“It provides us with real-time information on what has been purchased, what needs to be restocked, and feedback from customers so we can provide the best on-the-go dining experience,” DeMaio says.
Plans for future additions include dinner for two, more hot meals, and holiday desserts.