New soup and salad bar at St. Ann's Senior Center dishes out support

BALDWIN—Seniors who frequent the St. Ann Senior Center’s meal program will notice food is being served a different way.  A new soup and salad bar has been installed. Not only will seniors be able to help themselves to healthy soup and salad options, but the salad bar is open to the public as an on-going fundraiser to support the meals program.

In addition to soup and salad greens, the salad bar offers toppings such as cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons; three side salads such as macaroni salad, potato salad, and pasta salad; fruit and cottage cheese.

According to kitchen supervisor Sandy Farr, the salad bar isn’t just limited to people 60 and older, but also is offered to younger people.

“The soup and salad bar cash and carry will be an ongoing fundraiser open to the public,” she said. “It is totally separate from the regular senior meal menu.”

The food is weighed and the first pound is $1 and 10 cents per additional ounce adds to the charge. The soups are 10 cents per cup.

The new soup and salad bar came a week ago, and Friday, Oct. 14, was the first day it was in place, Farr said.

“It is a really nice refrigerated model. We had 15 people who were not seniors come and use it today, (Oct. 14,)” Farr said. “The soup and salad bar is open until 1 p.m. so people can come during their lunch and buy a meal. When they are finished with lunch, they are free to work out in our work-out room. All of the equipment has been donated to us earlier this year.”