News & Research



NFEFoundation recently partnered with Technomic, one of the nation’s leading food research firms, on a project that yielded data-driven evidence about the emerging trends in the dining habits and preferences of long-term care residents.

Key findings on current and future resident satisfaction and trends in foodservice in long-term care.


Innovations and emerging trends in Long Term Care facilities.


Promote and highlight foodservice innovation among operators.


The Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation has identified the top three research priorities, thanks to the dedicated work of the Research Roadmap Task Force.  This is NFEF's first-ever research agenda, a new document that outlines the research priorities that will shape our work as we pursue our new mission. 

 The three research priorities adopted by the NFEF are:

  • Foodservice Management Research - Includes food systems operational parameters, management activities and skills, best practices in food production and service management, and departmental financial operating parameters used by CDMs.
  • Impact of CDMs on Health Outcomes - Includes health outcomes most critical to long-term and residential care, e.g. brain function, quality of life outcomes, nutritional quality of residential care diets.
  • Resident/Client Customer Satisfaction - Includes impact of factors (e.g. types of menus and dining service on resident/client satisfaction or employment of CDMs on resident/client customer satisfaction), best practices for tools and measurement of resident/client customer satisfaction and use of data in decisions made by CDMs.

An updated version of these priorities will be available soon.

NFEF Online Research Tool

Research Tool

NFEF LAUNCHED its online research/reporting tool based on CMS data June 15!  

Registration to use the tool is quick and free to all ANFP members and NFEF constituents.  The tool contains three years of inspection data for all CMS facilities.   

A dashboard highlights national statistics and registered users can take a deeper dive, comparing their facility to others in their state or nationally. 

Would you want to know the most common citations issued in your state before your inspection? Have you wondered about those nursing home star ratings and how your facility stacks up against like facilities? 

You can investigate this kind of data and more using the new research tool! 

Click Here to register.