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Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District
P.O. Box 314, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 USA
District office phone: 530-926-2494
E-mail: msrec@sbcglobal.net

Mt. Shasta Senior Nutrition Project

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 Monday-Friday at the City Park site, on Fridays at the Eagles Hall in Dunsmuir, and on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at St. Michael's Hall in Weed. Daily, 55+ 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 $2.00 for congregate meals (meal sites) and $2.50 for homebound meals. One dollar is suggested as a donation for daily round-trip transportation. Outside donations are always appreciated.

The Senior Nutrition Project holds an annual fundraiser - "A Little Bit of Italy" - to benefit the "Meals-on-Wheels" service. The 2004 fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at the City Park Recreation Center. Fundraising proceeds this year are earmarked for the much-needed replacement of one of the program vans used daily for meal delivery and senior transportation.

The Senior Nutrition Project also offers 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. Our trained Information & Assistance staff, working throughout Siskiyou County, can be scheduled for either office or in-home appointments to help seniors access information and the senior-related services they need.

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.


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