NEW APPLIANCES   Candy Calderon uses the brand new convection oven at the Olney Senior Cub Center Tuesday, July 2. The oven and other new pieces of
NEW APPLIANCES Candy Calderon uses the brand new convection oven at the Olney Senior Cub Center Tuesday, July 2. The oven and other new pieces of equipment were purchased with a Priddy Foundation grant. ((Photo by Mindi Kimbro))

Seniors who eat lunch each weekday at the Olney Senior Cub Center know the meals are top notch, but those meals are also now easier and more efficient to prepare thanks to the help of the Priddy Foundation. The kitchen at the center has undergone a complete overhaul, including thousands of dollars in newer, more efficient appliances purchased with grant funding.

“It’s like a dream,” Jerri Corbin, Senior Cub Center director, said. “You do without for so long and then you get something new, and you have to ask, ‘Is it really true?’”

The process began with a letter written by Scotte Clark, Senior Cub Center board member, in 2011. He detailed how badly the center needed new appliances, stating that some of the equipment was purchased in 1991 but the remainder was from the 1980s or earlier. That equipment is used to prepare more than 130 meals per day, 252 days per year. With new government regulations requiring food to be prepared in healthier ways, an upgrade was necessary but not in the center’s budget even with successful fundraisers every year.

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