The below article is featured in Voices newspaper and published on Saturday, October 9th, 2013. Click here for the Voices website to find the original article (subscription may be required).
Jim Bain, director of dining services for The Watermark at East Hill, prepared lunch at the Woodbury Senior Center on September 17 as part of the New Opportunities Traveling Chef on Site pilot program in the Tribury area. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the featured chef chooses the menu and travels to the senior center kitchen in either Woodbury, Southbury or Middlebury to serve his creation with the help of local volunteers. The rotating schedule means the chef is on site for a two-week period before moving on to the next town’s kitchen. The lunch of the day is transported to the two centers where the chef is not on site, so patrons throughout the service area still enjoy the meal. Anyone over age 60 is eligible to participate for a suggested donation of between $3.50 and $5 per meal. Since the program’s inception on July 18, participation in the lunch program at the three senior centers has increased. Based on the pilot’s success, New Opportunities hopes to expand the Traveling Chef on Site lunch program to other towns in its service area. Federal funding for the lunch program is provided through Title 3C of the Older Americans Act and distributed through the Western Connecticut Agency on Aging. (O’Brien photo)