Fayetteville senior center's kitchen getting an upgrade

Posted: October 30, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Barry Thomas, food service manager at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center, tours the new kitchen equipment at the center Wednesday. The center is undergoing a kitchen renovation to better serve its clients. The center has nearly 200 residents enrolled in its Meals on Wheels program with about 100 more who regularly visit the center for meals.

FAYETTEVILLE -- About the start of the year, 88-year-old Junior Leon Porter fell three times while trying to make a pot of stew. His neck, in a brace, is still healing.

Ozarks Cares

The senior center on Wednesday received a $15,000 check from Ozarks Electric for its Meals on Wheels program. The gift represented donations Ozarks employees made to the cooperative’s charitable campaign, Ozarks Cares, according to a news release.

Cayla Wilson, senior center director, had just come back from vacation. She said she had no idea the check was coming. Staff said they wanted to surprise her.

Employees at the cooperative nominate charitable organizations or programs and vote on the recipients, Mitch Styles, education and community outreach coordinator with Ozarks Electric, said in the news release.

Source: Staff report

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