Urbana woman celebrates 82nd birthday by feeding senior citizens

Roline Brumfield calls it the 'Seniors Appreciation Dinner,’ and for the past 3 years she has prepared a plate for more than 300 visitors. (WCCU)

Most people spend their birthdays treating themselves like going on a vacation or eating at a fancy restaurant, but one local woman is celebrating her 82nd birthday Saturday giving back to the community one plate at a time.

“No I’m not having one this year I’m doing it for the senior citizens,” Roline Brumfield of Urbana said who turned 82 years old Friday. “It's for them not for me, I’m looking out for them.”

For the last 3 birthdays Brumfield has spent them in the kitchen.

“I don’t follow a recipe, I put a little of this and a little of that,” Brumfield said.

Giving back through her love of cooking.

“My mother taught me how to cook and I’ve been cooking ever since, make something out of nothing,” Brumfield said.

Brumfield calls it the 'Seniors Appreciation Dinner,’ and for the past 3 years she has prepared a plate for more than 300 visitors.

“A lot of them can't get out like I do so I’m preparing some food for them,” Brumfield said.

When she says food, she is talking about a menu full of food -- baked chicken, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, lasagna, and corn bread just to name a few.

“She's been selfless like that for many years,” Brumfield’s son, Seon Williams said. “Her God given talent was cooking and she always wanted to bless other people through her cooking.”

For Brumfield food is the universal tool that brings everyone together.

“Some of these seniors haven’t seen one another in 2 or 3 years when they come out and they just have a really good time and I enjoy them too I love old people,” Brumfield said.

The event starts at 1pm at 1403 West Beech Street in Urbana. For any questions or more information call 217-649-8475.

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