AHF is the authoritative voice of the self-operated healthcare and senior dining foodservice industry, empowering self-operators to achieve success in caring for their patients, residents, and colleagues.

Operator Membership Options

Operators from self-operated healthcare facilities, senior dining communities, and systems can join AHF at either the “single-site” or “multi-site” level. Each site will have one or more individual operator contacts linked to the Site (location). 

A Site membership can be defined as a single hospital or senior dining location. Annual dues are based on the membership options outlined below.

Single-Site Membership

Site with 1 Contact: $260
Site with 2 Contacts: $445
Site with up to 5 Contacts: $680
Site with up to 10 Contacts: $876

Multi-Site Membership
Discounted site membership available for systems that add four or more Sites as members. 
  • 4 Sites: $1,400 (8 contacts included)
  • Each additional Site: $350 (2 contacts included with each) 

Email [email protected] for more information and to set up your membership. 

Why AHF:

For over 50 years, AHF and its legacy organizations have been dedicated to providing the professional network, resources, and tools to promote self-operated foodservice and hospitality in healthcare, senior dining, and related industries. AHF believes strongly in the idea that self-operated foodservice improves food quality and customer satisfaction. We work to advance the industry through innovation, collaboration, and promotion of best practices. 

Develop Solutions to Everyday Challenges
Turn to AHF’s 1,200+ member community to tackle challenges and questions that arise. Rely on our network of Business Partners to provide the services and products you need. Use AHF’s tools and publications to exceed expectations. 

Harness the Power of the AHF Community
Build connections and find your tribe within our community all while strengthening leadership skills, growing your career, and gaining actionable insights to enhance your operations. 

Self-Operated Support and Benchmarking Tools
Be prepared to communicate your department’s successes and challenges with our benchmarking tool, free exclusively to members, and self-op support resources, which includes our live crisis support.  

Industry Analysis & Resources
Understand industry trends and data with our publications such as the State of the Industry Report and Annual Benchmarking Reports. 

On Demand Education & Training
Stay on top of the latest technology, techniques, and trainings throughout our Online Learning Center, free monthly webinars and chapter trainings. 

Membership Benefits:

  • Free access to AHF’s Benchmarking Express to track, analyze and help improve performance.
  • Real-time reporting to easily compare numbers to similar sized facilities across 30+ KPIs.
  • Annual reports, analysis and deep dives released by AHF and volunteers.
  • System level access to track and compare within your system as well as other similarly sized sites across the country
  • Robust Online Community to share insights and find solutions with operator and business partner members.
  • Harness the collective knowledge of AHF’s member community to never tackle a problem or new project alone.
  • Share your expertise and experience with fellow self-operators in acute care and senior dining.
  • Searchable document library with guides, templates and trainings released throughout the year.
  • Access to AHF’s Regulatory Center, Recipe Index and Job Board.
  • Template, guides and training materials on finance, leadership and self-op topics.
  • Find the services, products, and valued partners you need, when you need them in our Business Partner directory.
  • Business Partner vendors who are engaged and ready to help you with your next project or equipment needs.
  • Access to our searchable member directory to connect with other self-op operators.
  • Catalog of tools, resources and checklists to help your department stay successful and self-operated.
  • Crisis support and mentoring from AHF’s Self-Operated Project Team.
  • Professionally produced publications on the self-operated healthcare foodservice industry, available free of charge to members.
  • Free, accredited, live webinars throughout the year to keep you trained on the latest techniques, topics and trends.
  • Access to free, accredited, webinar recordings available anywhere, anytime.
  • Leadership and financial training for both seasoned foodservice directors as well as emerging leaders.
  • Complimentary subscription to S.O. Connect, our award winning industry magazine.
  • AHF’s e-newsletters included our monthly, S.O. In the Know and Self-Operated Weekly Bites.
  • Recognition opportunities through our prestigious industry awards and publication spotlights.
  • Discounted registration rates exclusively available to members.
  • Networking opportunities to connect with attendees at sessions, trade show, meals and receptions.
  • Operator scholarships available to provide financial support to attend.
  • Continuing education credits available for our timely and innovative lineup of educational sessions.
  • Showcase your culinary team by competing in our popular Annual Culinary Competition.
  • Access to our Recipe index to spark creativity, gain new ideas and share your recipes with others.
  • Educational webinars focused on culinary topics such as meal delivery services, patient satisfaction, and more throughout the year.

Who Should Join AHF from Your Team?

Sign up several members of your team, taking advantage of discounts, to help develop future leaders and provide access to AHF’s education, training and resources. 

Healthcare & Senior Dining Operators
Healthcare foodservice and nutritional professionals including foodservice directors, dining directors, managers, administrators, dietitians, culinary professionals and other leaders. 

Chefs & Culinary Professionals
Our programs and content throughout the year provide critical learnings for members of the culinary team, as well as dietitians, especially those looking to move into higher leadership positions. 

Aspiring Leaders
Foodservice operators and professionals looking to gain training with the aim of growing their career. AHF provides trainings, leadership experience, and critical network growth that will help you achieve goals and find mentors. 

System, Regional & Administrative Leaders
Senior level system leaders from healthcare and senior dining operations can benefit from AHF’s high-level networking and education with actionable takeaways.


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