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ONLY ON 3: Low kitchen score puts brakes on Meals on Wheels

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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- A low food inspection score left Brunswick County Senior Resources scrambling to find Meals on Wheels today.

Thursday, the Aramark-operated cafeteria in the Brunswick County Government Center got a 85.5 B score from the Health Department. That score is too low to serve the food handled in the facility.

The cafeteria supplies the food for the Brunswick Meals on Wheels program, which left the group that helps seniors in need looking for lunch.

"The seniors today were surprised with a pizza party," Senior Resources Executive Director Brunswick County Jim Fish said. "We received the information yesterday sort of late in the afternoon, and our best course of action for today was to be able to order food from local restaurants."

Fish says Meals on Wheels will get its daily meals from another catering company until the low score improves. He says the changes are just a part of the job.

"All it means really for us is that we have to put into place plan B," Fish said. "Sometimes a facility may not have water, or there may be another problem. These things do happen from time to time. The key is we're prepared for these types of things and that's what we do."

Fish says, no matter what, good, healthy meals will be delivered to the elderly in Brunswick County without fail. He says the cafeteria is working to clean up its act and have already taken steps to improve the rating so it can make the meals again soon.

The cafeteria also makes the meals for the Brunswick County Jail. The Sheriff's Office says there is no rating system for inmate food, so it will continue to make those meals despite the low rating.

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