Senior Meals Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The program was launched on Valentine’s Day last year.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published June 22, 2012  

The Temple City senior meals program is now one-year old.

The program, which was launched in last year, offers seniors living within the community and surrounding neighborhoods the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, while meeting new friends.

At the February 21, 2012 city council meeting, Roman Rodriguez, the community services specialist overseeing the program, provided an overview of the previous year.

According to Mr. Rodriguez, attendance at the weekday lunches has risen from an average of 40 to 50 (during the first few months) to 80 meals being served.

As a result, Temple City has one of the larger programs in the system of senior meals, he said.

In addition to regular meals, Mr. Rodriguez highlighted several special luncheons that have taken placed since February 2011. The themes include Halloween, Christmas, the New Year’s Eve Toast, and the Lunar New Year.

Without volunteers, which Mr. Rodriguez said were “the heart of the program,” the senior meals program would not be a success.

Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist, who led the charge to establish the program, thanked her colleagues for their support of the senior meals. She also thanked City Hall staff for enabling it to become very successful.

“It’s just blossoming daily,” she said. “So it’s great.”

The senior meals program is supported by the county of Los Angeles and is largely funded by the Older Americans Act. The city contributes $6000 annually, which is based on a 15 percent matching requirement.

A site manager from the San Gabriel Valley YWCA runs the weekday program.

Any person 60 years or older is eligible to participate in the program. Non-senior spouses and dependents are also allowed to attend.

There are two menus available: American and Asian. A $2 donation per meal is suggested.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation department at (626) 285-2171.

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