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Senior Center provides nutritious, delicious meals

March 24, 2017
Carissa Mavec - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

The Senior Center is in need of more seniors to participate in its daily meals, both in-house and Meals-on-Wheels.

Meals at the Senior Center are not only a way for those 60 years and older to receive a meal each day, but also a way for them to get out of the house and socialize with others.

"The food is great, and the atmosphere is good," Meal Site Manager Mary Jelsing said. "It's so much better than staying home and eating alone."

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Seniors enjoy a daily meal and great company. (Carissa Mavec/PCT)

Meals are prepared by Haaland Estates and planned by a dietician so that every meal is guaranteed to be a healthy one.

Meals this past week included food items such as pork chops, potatoes, buttered cabbage, chicken, coleslaw, fruit, bread and dessert choices.

"The variety of food you get here is better than at a restaurant," Jelsing said.

During Lent, fish is served on Fridays.

"This is the best place to eat in town," Senior Center Director Cindy Heintz said. "People rave about the food. I don't think I have ever heard anybody complain about the food."

To ensure that diabetics can eat along with everyone else, most desserts and other sweet items in the meals, such as Jell-O and fruit, are sugar-free. Salt substitute is also used in place of salt.

"If you're here, you're eating with people. If you get meals delivered, it's a way for someone to check on you each day," Jelsing said.

Meals begin at noon, after a quick game of bingo at 11:45.

Meals are served and delivered Monday through Friday.

Suggested donation is $4.50 per meal.

 
 

 

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