Holiday kitchenThe cafeteria at Perry Wellness Center is a busy place year-round. On “normal” days, breakfast and lunch are served to over 70 peers and 27 staff members. Fresh foods from the campus and area farmers are served, and the culinary staff strives to serve the must healthy, wholesome meals possible for our diet-conscious patrons. The kitchen must also be maintained in as clean and healthy a manner as possible. We continue to receive 100 scores from the Sumter County Health Department on each inspection visit.

Mondays are particularly busy days. Monday mornings are a time for additional cleanup, as well as preparation for the coming week. Food preparation counters are inspected and deep-cleaned, and sinks, pots, and pans receive thorough scouring.

With the arrival of the holidays, the activity level in the cafeteria has only increased. Several special Christmas meals have already been served, and the kitchen staff members are busy with plans for the community “Cheer Up the Blues” event this Thursday evening  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

As the center expands with additional peers, staff, and buildings, the food preparation and meal service areas will continue to expand as well. The culinary team, led by Kelly Jansen, Culinary Manager, is certain to maintain the high standards (and delicious food) we’ve come to expect.

In the photo above, culinary workers Debra Clayton, Jeanette Williams, Bradford Clark, Tamika Brown, Kenneth Christmas, Irwin Cook, Annie Ruth Thomas, and Jeffrey Bowers take a break from their kitchen chores to smile for the camera.

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