Changes at senior center include possible on-site meal preparation
By Jan Rahn
A new project is in preliminary stages at the Perkins County Senior Center in Grant. The board recently made a decision to expand the kitchen on the premises at 420 Central to cook daily meals.
Come July 1, the current catering contract ends, leaving the center without daily meals. With no one else stepping up to cater, a decision needed to be made—either cook on the premises or don’t have food.
“If there’s no food we might as well shut the doors,” said Director Tabby Cornelius. Currently, meals are being provided by the Tin Can Diner of Venango, but the owner has informed the center that she will not pursue renewal of the contract.
There is positive input from the board and from the seniors who enjoy the facility, said Cornelius.
Even though plans are barely underway, a few decisions have already been made—such as the hot meal program remaining the same. Requirements of West Central Area Agency on Aging will continue to be met.
“The only difference will be that we are cooking on site,” said Cornelius.
Also remaining the same will be the salad bar, which was a new project not long ago.
Another positive change that has taken place is new paint in the Thrift Shoppe.
The center’s staff will remain the same, as will the ability to rent the building for special occasions.
Cornelius said the new cook might agree to be hired to cook for an occasion whenever the building is rented.
The center is seeking an experienced part-time to full-time cook. The current kitchen manager does not want to be the head cook, said Cornelius, however, she will assist the new hire.
Cornelius said invitations to submit catering bids went to all of the surrounding food entities but no one expressed desire.Anyone interested in providing a weekday meal is urged to contact the center. Bids will be accepted until May 30.
Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Cornelius at the Perkins County Senior Center in Grant or call any of the board members, Susan Logsdon, Jene Tickle, Marion Robertson, Dennis Ekdahl, Kris Jaques or Gertrude Hundhausen.