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Coke Whitworth | Chapel Hill, Nc
Bryan Van Der Beek
• VIEW STORY: A Place At The Table •
Every weekday morning workers at the Pike County Nutrition Center prepare lunches for elderly Pike County residents. Sandy Bryant, the head cook at PCNC, gets to the center hours before lunchtime and begins preparing side dishes and main courses en masse. The Center serves and delivers up to 200 lunches daily. Bryant has missed only one day of work during her three and a half years working at the center. It's obvious she cares about her work.
"I don't worry that much about the pay here," says Bryant, "If you're gonna work here you've gotta love it and I really just love the people here." "A lot of the folks we serve really depend on us," says Jeff Forbis, PCNC food supervisor, "and so our main goal is to make sure they will get at least one really nutritious meal a day."
PCNC Administrator Lillie Sorrell says state and federal funding accounts for 70% of the budget at the center, but that leaves a very important 30% that needs to be covered by generous donations from the community. "The meal is free," says Sorrell, " but we are not a soup kitchen here. We really depend on those contributions."
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