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Return of Trumbull Senior Center Snack Bar Sought

After being closed down by the Monroe Trumbull Health District, the snack bar needs $15,000 to bring its equipment up to date. It was also a hub for senior socialization.

Return of Trumbull Senior Center Snack Bar Sought

The wants to serve snacks again.

In addition to serving regular daily meals, the center was serving snacks in a separate area with a television set. The snack bar had become a socialization area for seniors, said Jean Fereira, Senior Center director.

It was shut down weeks ago because Health officials discovered it was serving more than was allowed, center officials said. Now a special certification is needed, in addition to specific equipment, Fereira said.

"Socialization: Those seniors, they miss it," said Linda Ciocci, chairwoman of the Senior Citizen Commission.

According to Fereira, fewer seniors are coming to the center with the loss of the snack bar. When they stay home, they run the risk of not eating properly, which can lead to further problems.

Fereira estimated that upgrading the snack bar kitchen will cost $15,000 without labor. The center is examining all possibilities, including food service companies and locations for the snack bar and regular kitchens.

At a recent senior commission meeting, Fereira said the Senior Center budget cannot support the cost and would have to seek funding from outside sources such as the Trumbull Rotary Club or the Trumbull Lions Club.

Town Councilwoman Martha Jankovic-Mark recently asked if could spare any equipment to help the center. School building officials said they did not know.

Fereira has said very specific upgrades are needed, including stoves, refrigerators and floor tile. The snack bar would still be limited to serving basic items such as coffee and small snack foods.

The senior center is vital to the town because it houses the Trumbull Food Pantry and is an emergency shelter, Fereira said.

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