After several years of pandemic shut-downs, many area congregate meal sites that had closed down are now reopening, and the attendance numbers show that our seniors are ready for these again! These sites provide not only delicious and nutritious food, but also an opportunity for social interaction, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Last Wednesday a steady stream of seniors came through the door at the Grafton Chapel, feasting on Asian-themed cabbage rolls, noodles, and a shrimp-and-rice mix with sides of bread and green salads. Sponsored by Grafton Cares, the popular lunches are held twice a month in Grafton, supplemented in the “off weeks” by two dinners per month in Athens. In Jamaica, the Jamaica Community Church re-launched its monthly lunches, with patrons served by local school students. The Newfane Church sees dozens of attendees at each lunch, and the Friendly Mission Circle in Readsboro has opened their doors again.
For a full schedule of area lunches, please click here.
Photo from left: Joann Erenhouse (Senior Solutions Community Relations), Krey Kellinton (Director of BRGN), and Corey Mitchell (Director of RSVP) work as volunteers alongside “chef” Vicki Mastroiani and many other, not pictured, at the Black River Good Neighbors community lunch.