At just half-time, the new director no longer has time to prepare the regular Wednesday lunch at the senior center.
In response, the Scotts Valley Recreation Department has joined with Meals on Wheels to provide a meal for seniors each Wednesday, starting Sept. 1.
“This is just a fantastic opportunity for us,” parks and recreation supervisor Conrad Sudduth said. “If it goes well, Meals on Wheels may expand to Friday, too.”
To receive a meal, any man or woman age 60 or older should call the recreation department 24 hours in advance. A $2.50 donation is suggested, but there are sponsorships to help those who cannot afford it.
Meals on Wheels, a program of Community Bridges, delivers and serves more than 600 meals to seniors in Santa Cruz County every day.
Besides making home deliveries, the group serves meals at Highlands Park Senior Center in Ben Lomond, senior centers in Watsonville and Live Oak, and Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley will be the fifth site for Meals on Wheels.
“We anticipate between 25 and 35 meals (on Wednesdays) in Scotts Valley,” director Lisa Berkowitz said. “We’re looking forward to this opportunity.”
Monthly menus can be found at the senior center. Meals are nutritious and prepared at each center
Berkowitz noted that the group relies on volunteers to meet the needs of the seniors it serves, and new helpers are welcomed.
“This is an opportunity that is out there,” she said.
At a glance
What: Wednesday senior lunches
When: 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 1
Where: Scotts Valley Senior Center, 360 Kings Village Road
Details: Call the day before to reserve a meal. A $2.50 donation is suggested.