New meal production facility in Clearfield County will feed over 1,000
CURWENSVILLE - The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging just opened the doors to its newly renovated meal production and distribution facility.
The relocation of the facility to Curwensville from Clearfield has allowed for the Meals on Wheels program to return a hot meal delivery to the Mahaffey route and add two new routes.
The larger facility will not only produce meals for Clearfield County consumers but also for Centre County.
"We purchased it because it offered us over 10,000 square feet of space, and the facility at our old site offered us about 3,500," chief executive director of the Area Agency on Aging Kathleen Gillespie said.
In Clearfield County, the program serves about 650 meals per day.
The new facility will make those deliveries more efficient with an automated system.
"Black trays go through the automated machine that seals the meals as they come through," general manager Martin Singer said. "It speeds up the service for the drivers to get the meals out faster."
Gillespie said the new facility was built and furnished entirely by local contractors and vendors. The renovations were expected to take three years, but only took three months.
"It's a much better flow for our drivers to pack their vans and be able to do that inside," Gillespie said.