A new commercial kitchen that serves as the hub for cooking hundreds of warm and nutritious meals a day for Benton and Franklin counties’ senior citizens opened last month in Richland.
“This is the nicest kitchen I’ve ever been in,” gushed Chef Brian Kinner, food services manager for Senior Life Resources Northwest.
The 4,300-square-foot kitchen on Fowler Street opened Sept. 6 after spending a year operating out of the Country Gentleman restaurant in Kennewick.
Prior to that, meals were made at the Pasco Senior Center kitchen, a cramped 500-square-foot cooking space, for about 15 years.
The new $1 million building includes about $400,000 in kitchen equipment, purchased with $200,000 from the state Legislature and about $175,000 locally contributed.
More donations are needed to finish the kitchen’s adjacent café and to replenish the agency’s diminished reserve funds.
Naming rights are available for a $150,000 donation, said Marcee Woffinden, nutrition services director for Senior Life Resources Northwest.