City To Offer Kosher Meals at Senior Centers
John DeStefano, Jr. City Of New Haven
Mayor PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 1, 2007
CITY TO OFFER KOSHER MEALS AT SENIOR CENTERS
The Elderly Nutrition Program of the Community Action Agency, in partnership with the City of New Haven, Department of Elderly Services is now offering Kosher meals at two City of New Haven Senior Centers. The funding is provided by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut.
Daily lunch meals are offered at all six City of New Haven Senior Centers for individuals age 60 and older. The meals are a focal point of the daily activities of the centers. The addition of Kosher meals is in response to an increased demand for them within the City of New Haven after the closing of the meal program at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge. Hispanic meals are also being offered at the Atwater Senior Center the first and third Wednesday of each month (beginning 3/7).
“Without the City of New Haven’s partnership, the agency would not be able to serve the seniors in the inner-city neighborhoods with hot, nutritious lunches on a daily basis. It’s a way to reach an underserved population who otherwise would not have their nutritional needs met and wouldn’t get the opportunity to experience the activities offered by the Centers and socialize,” says CAA’s Vice-President of Senior Services, Sharon Willard.
Currently the West River Senior Center located on Chapel Street, and the Westville Senior Center located on McKinley Avenue, are offering the Kosher meals on Wednesday and Friday. In order to receive Kosher or non-Kosher meals, one must call the senior center a day in advance.
“It is our sincere hope that this new addition to our lunch program will continue to strengthen the attendance and diversity of our senior centers. Our collaboration with Community Action Agency for the senior cafe program is one of our biggest successes in providing services for seniors New Haven”, said Darcey Lynn Cobbs, Director of Elderly Services for the City of New Haven.
Through the Community Action Agency’s “Meals on Wheels” program, over 1800 meals are provided to homebound seniors daily in the Greater New Haven area; 900 seniors are served lunch daily in the region’s 23 senior cafés.
For information on the Senior Café Program, please contact Sharon Willard at Community Action Agency 203-387-7700 x220. For information on The City of New Haven Department of Elderly Services programs and outreach services, please contact Darcey Lynn Cobbs at 203-946-2272.
To order a Kosher or non-Kosher meal please call:
West River Senior Center 203-946-8543
Westville Senior Center 203-946-6025