New Cache County Senior Citizens director seeking volunteers

There has been a change in administrators at the Cache County Senior Citizen Center and with that change has come what new director Kristine Johnson calls, “an exciting change in the kitchen.” Johnson says from now on all the food in the Senior Center’s kitchen will be made from scratch.”There was a lot of processed foods, a lot of things ‘open the package, dump it in a pan,'” Johnson said on a recent KVNU Crosstalk show. “We’re not doing that now. We’re finishing up the stock that’s already in the freezers but from then on we’ve got recipes that have been evaluated by dieticians, that are a little bit lower sodium, much more healthier for them and they taste a lot better.” Johnson said the Center is hiring one full-time and two part-time cooks but she expects to be saving a lot of money. She says that’s because more people will want to come to the center for congregate meals or participate in the Meals on Wheels program. Johnson says volunteer are badly needed tor all of the Center’s programs, particularly the Meals on Wheels program. Current volunteers range in age from 20 years old to the one man who will turn 101 in September. She says it’s more than just taking a meal to the home-bound senior”Sometimes as seniors they don’t have a family around, they don’t have that contact,” Johnson said. “So we’re able to send those Meals on Wheels drivers in. They check the people, they check their health condition. If something’s wrong they call us and we contact the next contact that’s in the file, or we go out and do an assessment to make sure that they’re healthy enough, or maybe they need help with cleaning or maybe they need help, a homecare agency to come in and check them.”Johnson said more volunteers are badly needed and those interested should call the Senior Citizen Center at 755-1720.

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