Swiftel Center Catering is crafting meals for 60’s Plus Dining program as part of a community collaboration with ICAP and United Way
Brookings, S.D. – The Swiftel Center catering department is cooking up collaboration.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiftel Center full-time team recognized the on-site kitchen as an asset to support local community programs. The team connected with the Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP) and Brookings Area United Way. Through this collaboration, the Swiftel Center catering is preparing more than 400 frozen meals that will be distributed by ICAP throughout the Brookings community. This is the first week of the collaboration, with all parties recognizing that the need for additional frozen meals may grow as the community continues to navigate the changing conditions due to COVID-19.
Following the direction from the City of Brookings, the Swiftel Center facility is currently closed to the public. However, even while the doors are closed, the full-time team is continuing to carry out the mission of the facility “…to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the region…” The full-time team is continuing to work and find ways, like this catering collaboration, to serve Brookings.
Frozen Meal Packs
Frozen meal packs are available to any 60’s Plus Dining clients. Quality, balanced, nutritious meals are flash frozen in specialty sealed containers. These frozen meals can be heated in a microwave or oven, and provide one third of daily recommended nutrition amounts. For each seven-day meal pack, clients can select seven frozen meals from the ten available options. In addition, each seven-day meal pack includes a small loaf of bread, fruit juice and a half gallon of milk. Packs are offered for a free will donation; the suggested amount for each seven-day meal pack is $27.
Adults who would like to place a seven-day meal pack order can contact the 60’s Plus Dining program manager Julie Scubelek at 605-692-1407 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Families who would like to place an order for a loved one are also encouraged to contact the program manager. There are also volunteer opportunities available including meal delivery volunteering. Contact the program manager for more information.
ABOUT 60’S PLUS DINING
60's Plus Dining is an adult meal program serving quality, nutritious meals to any South Dakota resident aged 60 or over and his/her spouse or care giver. There are no income or health guidelines to participate. 60’s Plus Dining began serving meals in 1973, and currently has over 2,700 clients throughout 10 counties in east-central South Dakota. For more information, visit www.dining.interlakescap.com
ABOUT BROOKINGS AREA UNITED WAY
The Brookings Area United Way is uniting people, sharing resources, inspiring hope, and enriching lives for a stronger Brookings County by promoting the three pillars of a solid foundation - Education, Health, and Self-Sufficiency. United Way has joined forces with over 200 Funded and Community Partners to better understand the needs of Brookings County and provide creative solutions for our toughest social issues. United Way leverages community donations to provide mental & emotional wellness programs, access to health services, out-of-school support, fight food insecurity and much more. For more information, visit www.brookingsunitedway.org
As a City of Brookings owned facility, following the direction of the City of Brookings, the Swiftel Center facility is closed to the public. During this time, the Swiftel Center administrative team will continue to work. Our guests, clients and employees are encouraged to coordinate with the full-time Swiftel Center management team via telephone and online channels. The Swiftel Center website (www.swiftelcenter.com/covid19
) will have the most up-to-date information regarding all event-related updates and status changes.
In response to the global public health concern involving coronavirus (COVID-19), the Swiftel Center is closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Travel Association, the South Dakota Governor’s Office, and the South Dakota Department of Health.
The Swiftel Center will continue to monitor these resources for the latest developments and encourages our guests, clients and employees to do the same for the most timely and accurate information.
The Swiftel Center is taking every reasonable precaution to promote a safe and healthy environment. Our focus is to ensure we meet our guests, clients and employees’ needs while doing our part to keep our guests, clients and employees as well as our communities safe. We encourage everyone to take reasonable precautions.