"Better than what they would have gotten at home." -Dr. R.M. Bucke, Annual Report, 1877
The concept of moral therapy emphasized a proper nutritional diet for patients. Meals included a substantial amount of bread, meat, vegetables and fruits, which were supplied by the Asylum's own farming facilities. Social events created an opportunity for celebratory meals to be prepared. During the Christmas season, meals consisted of turkey, plum pudding, ale, nuts, candy and raisins. Other special events at the London Asylum included resident picnics during the summer months. It was often commented by staff that the quality of food at the Asylum was an essential part of their rehabilitation.