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Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 9:06 PM

Life Center Looking into to a Substandard Lunch

Meals on Wheels lunch questionable – manager will correct
Life Center Looking into to a Substandard Lunch
Meals on Wheels at the Pennington Life Center serves nearly 200 local seniors a day

Author: Rachel Dahl

It was a rough day today for Meals on Wheels recipients, one of whom, James Olsen posted on social media a photo of the meal he received that was less than savory.

“I’m grateful this was brought to my attention,” said senior center Manager, Jamie Lee, “there is no excuse, and I will find out what happened.”

She said she will be in the kitchen tomorrow when the food is being prepared.

According to Lee, her main concern at the Pennington Life Center is the Meals on Wheels program and that people feel safe and confident. “We want them to know we have their back, we will get them their food,” she said.

Currently, the senior center is short-staffed, and without a head cook. The kitchen staff that is on the job are preparing right at 400 meals every day. Nearly 200 of those go to the MOW recipients, 70 are being delivered to the senior center at the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and a batch is frozen for the weekend deliveries. Every Friday MOW recipients receive three meals, one for Friday, and two to get them through the weekend.

Additionally, there are roughly 50 meals prepared for those who come in person to the dining room.  

Lee said since she came on board, she has tripled the food order each week, going from roughly $2,000 each week to nearly $6,000 in recent weeks. “For instance, we are having fajitas and I just doubled the order for veggies so we make sure each serving has a half a cup of veggies and three ounces of meat.”

In spite of what Lee calls an anomaly with the MOW today, she regularly hears from people who attend the center in person for lunch in the dining room each day, that the meals are very good.

Pat Lee says she eats in the dining room and the food has been wonderful.  

“We are trying to move forward, I don’t want anyone to be unhappy,” said Manager Lee, “that was unfortunate, and I am investigating.”



Santa H 10/18/2021 12:03 AM
Fir the first time I went into the center in a year. I was hoping from some info from sherry. She was always do very helpful. What I got was a young lady that would barely look up at me. And absolutely no help whatsoever The county take over is a bust. But I called it that when it do swiftly happened.

Anonymous 10/17/2021 12:58 PM
Where's the photo alluded to in the story? I want to see the substandard lunch or at least read a description of what it looked like.

pat_lee 10/12/2021 06:07 PM
Those girls in the kitchen are top notch, but you can only do so much...they need help and understanding while they work it out..Want to help? Volunteer to help!!!

carl_hagen 10/12/2021 05:46 PM
Why would this story get a thumbs down?

D.w. 10/12/2021 04:56 PM
Can people volunteer in the kitchen?