Island Senior: Lunch at the Mullis Center Now Served Monday Wednesday and Friday

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…

Beginning April first (no foolin’) the Senior Lunch program at the Mullis Center is expanding to three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As our island community gets older and costs of housing and healthcare keep going up, this popular program, including Meals on Wheels, looks forward to providing more tasty nutritious meals more often.  Meals for seniors, aged 60 or older, request a $5 donation. Not a senior? No problem. Lunch for youngsters under 60 is still only $7.

Jan Hess, Albert Claggett, Carolyn Alder and Bonnie Sliger at the Salad Bar – Peggy Sue McRae photo

A well-stocked fresh salad bar opens at 11:30 am with entrees served at noon. A possible exception might be if the main dish is a salad such as Caesar Salad or Taco Salad.  Chef Hobbes Buchanan and the multi-talented Eugene Cuomo (“assistant chef” doesn’t quite cover all of Eugene’s contributions) provide the well-balanced hot and delicious meals. Check the Mullis Center Facebook page for menus.

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver Dan Rognas and Chef Hobbes Buchanan – Peggy Sue McRae photo

The Meals on Wheels program will also be expanding to three days per week. Meals on Wheels are available to both homebound seniors and disabled adults in need of a prepared meal. Volunteer Driver Dennis Busse said, “It’s very obvious that these few meals a week might be their only option for a fresh cooked meal”. Volunteers remain a vital aspect of our meal program. I spoke to volunteer Marie Skuffeeda who was setting up beverages before lunch. I asked her what she liked about volunteering. She said, “Do it if you can. It’s a gift to be able to do it.

Volunteers Marion Wilkie and Marie Skuffeeda – Peggy Sue McRae photo

The Mullis Center is located at 589 Nash Street and is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday through Friday. Besides the Senior Lunch program the Mullis Center offers a wide variety of activities and services. Drop by or call 360-378-2677 for more information.

Posted on March 30, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Categories: Community, Dining


  1. Nice story, but the photo is not Dennis Busse. Dennis is indeed a driver. for Meals on Wheels, but that’s not him in the photo. (I know. I live with the real Dennis Busse :>). )

    Comment by Madelyn Busse on March 30, 2019 at 11:45 am
  2. Madelyn, My apologies! I have removed the name until I find out who that really is. Somehow I was given the name Denis Busse? Thank you for the correction! ~ Peggy Sue

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on March 30, 2019 at 12:21 pm
  3. The man in the photo is Dan Rognas….

    Comment by Keith busha on March 30, 2019 at 4:28 pm
  4. Dennis says you did interview him and that is his quote in the story. You also took his photo. The guy in the photo is also a driver named Dan. And, they have identical plaid shirts. So easy mistake. 😊

    Comment by Madelyn Busse on March 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm
  5. Thank you Madelyn and Keith I think I have it straightened out now.

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
  6. Thank you Madelyn and Keith for the correction and the explanation.

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on March 30, 2019 at 7:34 pm

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