Chopping WoodKelly Jansen is a multi-talented young man, and so dedicated to his work we might call him “driven.” With a diploma in Culinary Arts from South Georgia Technical College, Kelly first brought his talents to Perry Wellness Center as the manager for the program’s food services. With his expertise in food preparation and service, Kelly brought new levels of nutrition and good eating to the cafeteria he supervised.

But Kelly discovered new talents as a manager. This season, he has managed Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, a centerpiece of the overall program. Kelly has kept coolers, barrels, tables, and pea shellers filled with seasonal produce. He has traveled to venues throughout south Georgia to locate fresh vegetables for the market.

Now that he has mastered oversight of the market, Kelly has begun to discovered other projects that will keep him busy and challenged. As campus beautification has become a PWC focus, Kelly has found new outdoor tasks. In the aftermath of the recent hurricane, he has turned his attention to cleaning up downed trees and limbs.

“We have begun helping to clear streets of downed limbs,” Kelly reports. “We will use the wood for winter heating and for grilling.” With his chef instincts, he adds with a smile, “People seem to like grilled meats.”

Kelly also recently began an intensive weight loss program. His new wood chopping skills are timely, as he explains: “I want to lose weight and have discovered that exercise is important.

“I am doing all I can for Perry Wellness Center and Happy Patch Market,” he continues. “As the awareness of this center increases, so do the chores and expectations. I am doing as much as I can.”

Thanks for all you do, Kelly!

In the photo, manager Kelly Jansen stands ready with his trusty axe to split the next supply of wood blocks from recently downed trees.

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