NORWICH – Chenango County Area Agency on Aging Director Debra Sanderson was surprised to learn at a recent budgeting session that the kitchen at the $26 million Public Safety Facility was built larger to accommodate her department.
During a discussion of the agency’s 2007 utilities’ budget - and what portion of the kitchen’s expenses should the agency cover next year - Town of Guilford Supervisor Alton Doyle told Sanderson that the kitchen “had to be bigger because of Area Agency on Aging” programming needs.
A 7-member team at the new kitchen cooks and contracts to deliver approximately 258 noon-time hot meals a day to seniors and senior centers throughout the county. Afterward, a 3-person staff cooks and serves hot meals to inmates beginning at 5 p.m. There are approximately 90 prisoners at present.
Area Agency on Aging previously prepared seniors’ meals from a kitchen in a house on Elm Street in the City of Norwich. “It was not built bigger for us,” Sanderson said to Doyle. “I was told there was nothing extra put in to put our program in.”