A group of seniors gathered at the senior dining site in the Ehlers Intergenera-tional center Nov. 15 as they do nearly every weekday throughout the year.
Yet, as the group gathered for their meal time and social event of the day, the group was gathering for another reason – the celebration of the 40th anniversary of senior dining in Minnesota.
According to Claudia Cederstrom of Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota, there are 225 dining sites in 22 counties across the region, adding the program was officially launched in 1972 as a result of the Older Americans Act, as it provided seniors a chance to get at least one nutritious meal a day.
Funding, which helps to offset the costs of the meals comes from the Area Agency on Aging and the United Way, added Cederstrom.
Cederstrom said those 60 and older may come to the senior dining site and receive a meal for the senior suggested donation, which she said is $3.85. Others may also come, but for them they pay full price.
The meals offered at the Redwood senior dining site come from Wabasso, said Cederstrom, and she said there are five area sites which receive their meals from that source.
Cederstrom said there are efforts being made to try and get some of the younger seniors to attend senior dining, as the numbers at many sites across the state are beginning to dwindle.
Cederstrom said people ought to think of the senior dining site as a reward for a life well lived, adding not only is the food good but the socialization one experiences is just as valuable.
Cederstrom added with the holiday season on us one might consider purchasing senior dining site gift certificates for meals for their loved one. For more information, visit the senior dining site in Redwood Falls, which is attached to the elementary school, or one may call (507) 644-6464.