On an average day, 480 meals are prepared in the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s central kitchen in Eureka.  In a year, more than 100,000 meals are prepared by Nutrition Program staff and volunteers.

A critical piece of equipment in the HSRC central kitchen is the 30-gallon mixer used to mix, chop, puree, and whip fresh ingredients for all the meals HSRC serves at the Senior Dining Centers in Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna, as well as all Home Delivered Meals and the meals for Adult Day Health and Redwood Coast PACE participants.

The old mixer worked faithfully for 38 years before it began to make a noise like a car transmission going bad.  No one made replacement parts for it anymore, and it had reached the end of its useful life.

Coast Central Credit Union came to the rescue with a $12,729 grant that allowed HSRC Nutrition staff to replace both the mixer and a refrigerator that was a hand-me-down dating back to 1984.  Tony DeLaurentis, Food Service Manager, said, “The kitchen crew and I are grateful for the generous donation of a new mixer. We are looking forward to many years of service together providing quality meals to our participants.”