Mizell Center announced at its Home at Last! event on April 10 that it has launched a capital campaign to raise funds to greatly expand its present kitchen. The expansion will enable Mizell to significantly serve more area seniors through its vital Meals on Wheels program. The Kitchen Expansion Capital Campaign aims to raise $1.3 million to significantly expand the footprint of the current 70+ year-old kitchen space from 642 sf to 1,776 sf, incorporate state-of-the-art energy-efficient appliances, and provide more space for the growing number of meals prepared in the kitchen each day.

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An enlarged modern kitchen will enable Mizell Center to serve significantly more seniors and create more jobs and volunteer opportunities for locals. By adding 1,134 square feet of workspace, the new kitchen will more than double the current meal preparation capacity for homebound clients and those who partake in communal meals at senior centers and senior living communities throughout the Coachella Valley. Architect Chris Mills, who designed the 1991 expansion of the building, has been hired to reimagine the space to meet today’s needs.

“We see the need and opportunity to expand and serve even more seniors in our community,” said Wes Winter, Executive Director. “More than a quarter of the Coachella Valley’s population are senior adults. Many of these residents go without daily nutrition essentials and needed social interaction. Mizell Center is committed to continuing to provide the nourishment seniors need throughout the Coachella Valley. Increasing our kitchen space will mean we are able to serve more meals, serve more people, and increase our overall community impact.”

The expansion will not only provide more square footage, but it will allow Mizell Center to increase its community impact, touch more lives, and serve more meals to more seniors than ever before. As the first senior center in the Coachella Valley, Mizell Center has been serving the greater Palm Springs community for more than 48 years, providing a vibrant hub for seniors to connect, engage, and experience a community full of life.

About Mizell Center
Now in its 48th year, Mizell Center is a non-denominational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. An acknowledged leader in active aging, Mizell’s multi-faceted network of programs and services is designed to encourage creativity, promote lifelong learning, and sustain an active, healthy, and engaged lifestyle. Most importantly, Mizell’s welcoming space offers community and kinship for seniors from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Mizell Center began providing Meals on Wheels to area seniors in 1982. It became a sub-contractor of the Riverside County Office on Aging in 2012 and quickly became the largest senior nutrition program in the Coachella Valley. The Center’s original kitchen has never been expanded since it was originally constructed, yet the kitchen has grown in use to not only serve the daily communal meals offered, but also to provide a space for the hard-working kitchen team of six to produce more than 625 meals each weekday. These meals include more than 300 take-out meals delivered to communal meal sites such as senior centers and senior living communities and more than 325 meals delivered to homebound clients. Meals are delivered throughout the Coachella Valley on routes that stretch from Whitewater to the Salton Sea. At the height of the recent pandemic, the kitchen produced more the 850 meals each weekday.