Since 1974 there has been a hot lunch program for senior citizens at the City Park Recreation Center. In 1986 the District became the contracted service provider for the Mt. Shasta Senior Nutrition Project. Meals for seniors, ages 60 & over, are served Tuesday-Friday at the City Park site and on Fridays at the Eagles Hall in Dunsmuir. 45+ meals are delivered to homebound seniors in the South County (Meals-on-Wheels). Transportation to and from the Mt. Shasta lunch site is also available by reservation. The Senior Nutrition Project can be reached at 926-4611.
Major program funding comes from the Federal level (authorized by the Older Americans Act), matching State grants administered by the CA Department of Aging, and USDA meal reimbursement. Seniors are given the opportunity to support their program with a suggested meal donation of $3.00 for congregate meals (meal sites) and $3.50 for homebound meals. One dollar is suggested as a donation for daily round-trip transportation. But public funding only covers a portion of what it actually costs to provide services in our communities. Private donations are always appreciated, and are critical in keeping the programs alive!
The Senior Nutrition Project holds an annual fundraiser – “A Little Bit of Italy” – to benefit the “Meals-on-Wheels” service. The 2013 fundraiser was a great success - held on Saturday, May 4 - at the City Park Recreation Center.
An independent organization, Meals on Wheels Shasta, supports the Senior Nutrition Program with regular fundraisers and individual efforts. Visit their page on Facebook.
The Senior Nutrition Project also offers referrals for Senior Information & Assistance services. Help is available with issues concerning Medi-Care & Medi-Cal, Social Security, health insurance, long-term health care, senior housing, tax preparation, and legal matters.
The Senior Nutrition Project strives to not only meet the nutritional needs of its senior participants, but also recognizes the importance of socialization and life enrichment. Informational programs, special events, and other activities are a regular component of the senior lunch program schedule. Seniors are invited to participate in our “4 EverFit” chair exercise class, held Tuesday & Thursday at the Senior Dining Center – 10am. Aquatic Exercise is also offered at the Mt. Shasta Wellness Center on Monday & Wednesday at 11am. Both classes are offered FREE of charge to seniors 60 & over.
If you enjoy BINGO come out to lunch on Tuesday & Thursday – BINGO is played from 11:15-Noon. Only 25 cents per card for each game. Invite a friend to lunch & BINGO.