Since 1974 the Mt. Shasta Senior Nutrition Program has provided a daily meal for senior citizens at the City Park Recreation Center / Senior Dining Center. Under contract with the California Department of Aging and PSA2, Area Agency on Aging, the District has served as provider of senior services since 1986.
Meals for seniors, ages 60 & over, are served at Noon Tuesday-Thursday at the City Park site – no reservation required. In addition, the Dunsmuir Community Center serves as a satellite meal site on Wednesdays with service at Noon (reservations required).
“Meals-on-Wheels” – Seniors residing within the four South County communities of Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, and McCloud, who meet home-delivery service criteria, are provided hot meals, delivered to their residence, Tuesday-Friday.
Transportation (with ADA accessibility) to and from the Mt. Shasta lunch site is also available by reservation. The Senior Nutrition Program can be reached at 530-926-4611.
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 home-delivered meals. Seniors are encouraged to also donate for daily round-trip transportation. Federal and State grant funding covers only a portion of actual meal costs. Additional donations are always appreciated, and are critical to keeping senior services fully funded.
The Senior Nutrition Program holds an annual dinner/auction fundraiser – “A Little Bit of Italy” – to benefit senior meal services. The 2017 fundraiser was held on Saturday May 6 at the City Park Recreation Center. Event proceeds will exceed $9000+ !!! Thanks to our many donors and community partners who made our event possible AND especially to those who attended in support of our seniors.
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 Program also offers referrals for other senior services: Medi-Care, Social Security, supplemental health plans & prescription coverage, long-term health care, senior housing, tax preparation, veterans affairs, elder abuse prevention & reporting, caregiver support, and legal matters.
The Senior Nutrition Program 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. Classes are now sponsored by the Mt. Shasta Recreation District, with financial support from Dignity Health. A minimal monthly fee is charged – contact the Recreation office (926-2494) for registration information.
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 & a final “Jackpot” game. Invite a friend to lunch & BINGO.