Time for a snack at the snack bar.
The gathering place, beloved by many senior center users for providing low-price snacks and fellowship, will be coming back thanks to a $20,000 state grant to install -approved equipment.
"When I heard the Trumbull Senior Center needed kitchen renovations, I asked what I could do to help our seniors improve their facility. The Center used to serve lunch, but the health department said the kitchen wasn't up to code. Obtaining these funds will bring the kitchen into compliance with health codes and allow the Center to buy new appliances. The updated kitchen will round out the many programs and services the Senior Center already provides, and give our seniors a place to enjoy a meal together again,” said State Sen. Anthony Musto, D-Trumbull.
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Gary Raytar, a member of the Senior Citizen Commission closely involved with the snackbar, said the new kitchen could be up and running in as early as a year if all goes smoothly.
The town is taking care of the work, Raytar said.
The renovation project will include installation of a new three base sink, a freezer/refrigerator, and a stove. All appliances will meet the same National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards required of restaurants. New shelving and flooring will also be installed, amongst other improvements, Musto said.
“Our existing snack bar is not equipped to serve hot lunches to seniors, but after this renovation it will be. The new and improved snack bar will be a great place to have a coffee and lunch, share ideas, and play cards. A few seniors have already heard about the project’s approval, and they are very excited. I extend my gratitude to Sen. Musto and thanks from our seniors,” said Jean Fereira, Director of the Trumbull Senior Center.
“This money is much-needed by our Senior Center, and will provide a direct benefit to our wonderful seniors who avail themselves of the Center,” said State Rep. T.R. Rowe (R-Trumbull).
Rep. Tony Hwang was enthusiastic about the funding. “As a frequent visitor to the Trumbull Senior Center, I can attest to the joyous camaraderie of its members and the positive contributions to physical and mental wellness of seniors that result from its many programs,” said Hwang.