Patrick’s Riverside Dining Recognized As Best In World

By  //  April 29, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) dining services associates at Patrick Air Force Base’s (PAFB) Riverside Dining facility were recognized with the 2014 John L. Hennessy Award which honors the best food service programs in the U.S. Air Force, worldwide.

PAFB’s Riverside Dining facility received the award for being the Best in Air Force Food Transformation. This is the third time that Riverside Dining has received the Hennessy Award working under BAC.

BAC-LOGO-180“Achieving the Hennessy Award is an honor with which we are extremely grateful,” said Wayne Wells, BAC’s vice president of operations.

“It’s our belief that our team continues to win because, to them, their work is not a job, but a small way of letting PAFB’s soldiers know how much their service is appreciated. We are very proud that our associates’ service and dedication to the military continues to be recognized,”

Wells Founded in 1956, the Hennessy Awards Program was named after the late John L. Hennessy, a hotel and restaurant executive who lead a special Hoover Commission Task Group advisory of Military Food Services and Commissions Board members to improve military food service.

The John L. Hennessy Award honors the best food service programs in the U.S. Air Force. (Hennessy image)
The John L. Hennessy Award honors the best food service programs in the U.S. Air Force. ( image)

The Air Force was the first branch of the Armed Forces to adopt the program. Since 1991, BAC has been contracted to provide full food services to PAFB through the AbilityOne program, a Federal program that provides employment opportunities to more than 50,000 people who are blind or have other significant disabilities.

BAC also is contracted to perform commissary shelf stocking and warehousing duties, custodial services, switchboard operations and grounds maintenance in addition to providing food service workers at PAFB.

Brevard Achievement Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to provide persons with disabilities innovative services and opportunities to achieve personal success.

Today, the Center serves over 6,000 persons with disabilities mainly through its AbilityOne contracts in Central Florida, the Panhandle and Puerto Rico.