Project leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Eagle Bend Hilltop Regional Kitchen at its future site in the former Eagle Valley High School. The nearly $1 million project will create new opportunities to serve healthy, nutritious meals to seniors in Todd County and surrounding communities through congregate dining, Meals on Wheels, and bundled meals.
South Country Health Alliance CEO Leota Lind and Todd County Joint Powers Board Chair Gary Kneisl joined representatives from the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Todd County Health and Human Services, National Joint Powers Alliance, and Lutheran Social Services at the groundbreaking ceremony on October 19. Both Leota and Gary spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people who attended the event.
At the end of 2014, South Country Health Alliance awarded more than $465,000 to Todd County Health and Human Services through the Community Reinvestment Grant program, helping to better meet the needs of the region’s growing senior population. Hilltop Regional Kitchen, expected to open June 1, 2017, will quadruple their current kitchen space in order to expand its capacity to make meals, serve seniors, and store food items.
South Country Health Alliance is proud to be a partner in this innovative project and looks forward to seeing the progress of Hilltop Regional Kitchen in coming months.
Pictured left to right: Rick Hest – Eagle Bend Senior Center, Loren Colman – MN Department of Human Services, Judy Petrie – Staples Senior Center, Leota Lind – South Country Health Alliance, Roxanne Jenkins – Lutheran Social Services, Julie Myhre – MN Department of Health, Gary Kneisl – Todd County Commissioner, Kevin Hess – City of Eagle Bend, Paul Drange – National Joint Powers Alliance, Jeff Scholten – MN Department of Agriculture