The Kenai Senior Citizens Center is cooking now.
After a recent remodel of the center’s kitchen, the facility has been increased by one-third of its original size.
Rachael Craig, director of the center, said the remodel was necessary for the growing group of seniors in the area.
She said since her arrival at the center five years ago, she sensed the need for a larger kitchen to accommodate the growth of the center’s patrons.
“In the past five years, we have seen about a 26 percent increase. This past year we served 30,000 meals out of our kitchen to the seniors within the community. With the increase of meals served, we were outgrowing our kitchen and the need was inevitable,” she said.
The expanded kitchen helps provide more storage space, work space area and will house a larger freezer and walk-in cooler.
“We will be able to serve our senior client more efficiently and meet the growing need of the senior population,” she said.
The center serves all seniors within the community, with a target population of lower-income seniors ages 75 and older.
The cost of the remodel was $360,000, funded through a legislative pass-through grant, Rasmuson and Mental Health Authority, Kenai Senior Connection Inc., the city of Kenai and private donations.
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