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.”