Among the BCDS initiatives cited were its active recruitment throughout area high schools, vocational schools and community colleges, and of senior citizens in Boston neighborhoods, as a means of promoting age diversity. Dining Service also drew praise for giving persons with special needs the opportunity to work in kitchens and dining rooms, and for supporting community assisted living programs that help men and women rehabilitate their personal lives.
Other BCDS programs include: culinary training for those seeking careers in food service but lacking formal education; developing multi-ethnic menu items; English as a Second Language classes; and formal diversity training programs to broaden cultural awareness.
These programs have helped to create a full-time staff of 245 that is 50 percent AHANA, 40 percent female, 12 percent persons with special needs and 9 percent senior citizens.
"We were really recognized for what we do everyday," said Bando in a recent interview. "Diversity is about respect and that's what we try to promote."
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