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Bethany, Parkhurst partner to help seniors

PARTNERSHIP — John Shaffer, general manager of Parkhurst Dining; Angela Kocher, executive director of Brooke County Committee on Aging; and the Rev. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, president of Bethany College, shake hands on agreement between the entities to provide meals to area senior citizens. -- Contributed

BETHANY — Bethany College, Parkhurst Dining and Brooke County Committee On Aging have entered into a partnership that will benefit area senior citizens.

Through the partnership, Parkhurst Dining, the provider of dining services at Bethany College, is now providing the daily meals to the Brooke-Hancock Nutrition Program operated by Brooke County Committee On Aging.

“This partnership allows Bethany College and Parkhurst Dining to address a vital need in the community and to forge a meaningful connection with the Brooke County Committee on Aging and the residents it serves,” Bethany President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said.

“We’re honored to partner with Bethany College and Brooke County Committee On Aging by providing local seniors with authentic culinary experiences and easy access to nutritious meals,” says Beau Dittmar, Bethany College executive chef, Parkhurst Dining. “This is the perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors.”

The Brooke-Hancock Nutrition Program serves four congregate lunch sites Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Brooke and Hancock counties. Home-delivered lunches are available to anyone age 60-plus who is unable to attend a congregate lunch site.

The congregrate lunch site locations include:

• Brooke County Senior Center, 948 Main St., Follansbee.

• Freedom Place Apartments, 3744 Main St., Weirton.

• Greater Weirton Senior Center, 3425 Main St., Weirton.

• Hancock House, 720 3rd St., New Cumberland.

“The board is excited to participate in this partnership with Bethany College and Parkhurst Dining to continue a critical service for our seniors in Brooke and Hancock Counties,” said Norm Schwertfeger, president of the Brooke County Committee on Aging. “This effort is a win-win for all of us.”

Angela Kocher, executive director of the Brooke County Committee on Aging, agreed.

“This partnership came at a time when Brooke County Committee on Aging, was in much need of assistance,” she said. “The service provided by Bethany College and Parkhurst Dining is greatly appreciated by Brooke and Hancock County seniors. Bethany has stepped up to provide more 4,000 meals a month to assist approximately 250 seniors who live independently in their home, while also accommodating four congregate sites with hot healthy meals and much needed socialization. We are really excited to continue this partnership with Bethany College and Parkhurst Dining.”

The partnership has provided more than 8,383 meals to local seniors to date.

Parkhurst Dining is a leading regional hospitality company that provides sustainable, award-winning food service management and authentic dining and catering services to the finest colleges, universities and businesses. Founded in 1996 as a part of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst focuses on serving high-quality, made-from- scratch meals that include fresh and natural ingredients from family-owned farms and producers of food in local communities.

It reinvests 5 percent of its pretax earnings in initiatives that enhance communities it serves.

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