Jewett Nutrition Center reopens
Mike Ryan from the Mountain Eagle reports in Porcupine Soup that the Jewett Nutrition Center is once again serving hot meals to needy local seniors. The Center closed for three months because of staffing shortages. “We consider this an essential service. It’s part of what we need to do for our elderly residents. We want to send the message we are open for business again. It is nice to see everyone back here,” Jewett town supervisor Greg Kroyer said. The Jewett Nutrition Center has been cooking since 1984, serving hot meals in person and delivering food to those who cannot get out. “Having this program means older homebound people know they are not alone, that someone is looking out for them. Sometimes the only other person they see in a day is one of the volunteers,” said Pat Merwin, the former program head chef and Jewett town clerk. The center makes 40-50 meals per day on weekdays, mainly for the homebound, and this year served 80 on Thanksgiving. “It was great. We actually ran out of turkey,” said head chef Gayle Ruvolo. “It is so nice to see people coming in again. What we do here is very important.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.