It’s not every day that 3- to 5-year-olds have foods such as mac nut crusted baked snapper or grilled chicken with salsa for lunch from a menu prepared by a popular and well-known local chef. Unless the preschool children are enrolled at the St. Francis Intergenerational Center in Ewa Villages.
When it was time to open the St. Francis Intergenerational Center, rather than hire staff to operate the kitchen, St. Francis entered into an agreement with Chef Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop LLC to handle the snacks and lunches for the older adult participants and preschool children.
The arrangement has been working out well, he says. And there’s a beautiful kitchen right on site at the center. With gleaming stainless steel appliances, “the kitchen is state-of-the-art; even some restaurants don’t have equipment like what’s available at the intergenerational center,” Chef Elmer says. “We’re happy to be working with St. Francis.”
“In the beginning, parents were asking, ‘Why aren’t hotdogs and chicken nuggets on the menu?’” says Poke Stop Manager Richard Orgellas, who oversees the kitchen at the St. Francis Intergenerational Center. “We’re teaching children at a young age to eat healthier, and using less sodium and more salsas and relishes to add flavor to the dish,” Chef Elmer adds. In October, Poke Stop also will be preparing lunches for residents living at Franciscan Vistas Ewa, St. Francis’ affordable senior living community that is across the street from the intergenerational center.
For more information about the St. Francis Intergenerational Center or about Franciscan Vistas Ewa, please call our call center at (808) 547-6500. Our call center professionals will be able to refer you to either of these important St. Francis Healthcare System ministries.
For more information about Chef Elmer Guzman or Poke Stop, click here to visit their website or call them at (808) 676-8100.