Tafta to Lead Community Nutrition, Meals on Wheels Outreach

December 20, 2021  |  by WesleyLife


Frank Tafta headshot WesleyLife is delighted to announce that Frank Tafta becomes the organization’s Director of Community Nutrition, effective today. 

“We are called to serve greater numbers of older adults through our Meals on Wheels program than ever before, and we are thrilled to welcome a director with Frank’s vision for the future of our program,” Janet Simpson, Vice President of Network Operations for WesleyLife, said.

“Frank’s passion for serving older adults, wealth of nutrition-based experience, and creativity position him to be tremendously effective in this role.”

Tafta has served WesleyLife for the past four years as Director of Food and Beverage for Hearthstone, a WesleyLife Community for Healthy Living in Pella. He joined Hearthstone from Tassel Ridge Winery in Leighton, Iowa, where he served as executive chef. Prior to that, he served in a similar role for the Hotel Ottumwa.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in hospitality from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, and an applied food science degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis.

In his new role, Tafta will oversee and grow the WesleyLife Meals on Wheels program in Central Iowa, leading the charge as WesleyLife continues to combat food insecurity and enhance its reach and visibility in the Metro and beyond. Tafta will office out of WesleyLife's 18th Street location in Des Moines.