Wednesday Mar 02 2011
Share a meal or two with local seniors
By: Christine Hebard-Summers, Senior L.I.F.E. Center
The Senior L.I.F.E. Center is in need of added community support. The center provides meals, socialization, and activities such art, crafts and exercise to the seniors within our community. Transportation is provided for those who are unable to attend otherwise. The center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, located at 6414 Brace Road in Loomis. The center is operated entirely from grants and community donations. The charge to the senior is $3 for lunch and only if they are in a position to pay. I’m sure you are aware that donations and grants are difficult to get and are decreasing in size each year. Services are being reduced and sometimes completely terminated due to lack of funding. Meals on Wheels, which provided meals to home-bound seniors, has cut their services and can no longer provide meals to many of the seniors in our community. This makes the mission of the Senior L.I.F.E. Center more important than ever. For many of the participants, the hot meals they receive twice a week at the center may be the only healthy and hot meals they have for the week. As a member of the board for the Senior L.I.F.E Center, I feel strongly about our responsibility to care for our aging community. As a business owner and multi-generational resident of the Loomis community, I take this responsibility seriously and have pledged to provide lunch one time a month, as does Gary Doupnik Manufacturing. I am seeking other businesses, individuals and groups to meet this challenge and volunteer to provide lunch at least one time a year. The meal does not need to be fancy nor expensive. The last three lunches my staff provided cost me approximately $75 each. Many of us spend more than that on one dinner out for two. Lunch providers prepare enough to serve 50 seniors. Lunch should consist of an entry and salad. Bread and rolls are optional, but welcomed. Dessert, beverages, salad dressings, condiments, tableware are provided by the center. The meal can be dropped off at the center and can be heated or reheated in the kitchen that has refrigeration and a full commercial kitchen. Lunch providers can also choose to serve the meal themselves. If desired, they are also invited to share lunch with the seniors, who appreciate company. Please contact me for more information or available dates at 652-0404. I’d be happy to share ideas for meals. Christine Hebard-Summers is on the board of the Senior L.I.F.E. Center and a member of Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin, a center founder and major supporter.