Active Seniors Special Section: Senior center honored with food safety award

Published on Wed, May 23, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Blaine Senior Center kitchen manager Melody Philips prepares lunch at the center on Tuesday, May 22. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz.

The Blaine Senior Center kitchen is one of 36 food-serving establishments countywide to receive the Whatcom County health department’s Silver Platter Award.

The Silver Platter Award is given to dining establishments that achieve outstanding scores in routine safety inspections throughout the year. The county heath department announced the awards earlier this month.

Senior center kitchen manager Melody Philips said she is proud to be part of a kitchen that received the Silver Platter Award. She said county health inspectors last visited the senior center kitchen during a pancake breakfast.

Philips said she typically serves between 30 and 35 people for lunch every day, but some times serves as many as 70 when the senior center is hosting events during lunch time. Philips also puts together about 10 meals per day that get delivered to seniors at their home.

The Blaine Senior Center serves lunch every day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Membership for the senior center is $25 per year and open to those 50 years of age and older, though lunch is open to anyone for a suggested donation of $6.