WHAT: Serving Seniors is celebrating the one-year anniversary since it began providing congregate meal services to low-income seniors at the Oceanside Senior Citizens Center (OSCC). To mark the anniversary, the organization will host a special lunch service with City of Oceanside officials, Serving Seniors President & CEO Paul Downey and volunteers on January 23.
OSCC is one of 11 congregate meal sites served by the nonprofit across San Diego. Since it began meal services at the location one year ago, Serving Seniors has provided 45,315 nutritious meals to 384 unduplicated Oceanside seniors, including 36,056 congregate meals at the center and 9,259 home-delivered meals to homebound seniors. Meals provide one-third of seniors’ nutrition requirements while accommodating dietary needs including low-sodium and low-fat diets. In addition to meeting nutritional needs, the congregate meal program offers clients an opportunity to socialize and connect with like-minded seniors.
Serving Seniors team members and City of Oceanside officials will discuss how the program has impacted the community over the past year and share goals for 2020.
WHERE: Oceanside Senior Citizens Center, 455 Country Club Ln., Oceanside, CA 92054 (map)
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Serving Seniors President & CEO Paul Downey and City of Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss will say welcoming remarks at 11:00 a.m.)
WHY: In 2019, Serving Seniors’ clients reported living on a median income of $930, with 80 percent living below the Federal Poverty Level. Since 1970, Serving Seniors has been dedicated to helping seniors struggling with poverty and hunger. The number of food insecure seniors is at critical level in San Diego and loneliness and isolation can have serious consequences for seniors’ physical and mental health. Good nutrition is integral to reducing the overall cost of healthcare. Serving Seniors is a safety net for older adults, serving nearly 645,000 meals annually and providing supportive services that keep seniors healthy and independent.
INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:
- Seniors, staff and volunteers enjoying festivities at the OSCC anniversary event
- Oceanside seniors sharing personal stories about the impact the meals and OSCC have on their lives
- Representatives from City of Oceanside to speak about the impact of the services to more than 300 Oceanside residents in the community
- Serving Seniors President & CEO Paul Downey for interviews about the importance of supporting seniors
- City officials serving meals to dozens of deserving seniors
Venice Fahey, i.d.e.a.
Edith Glassey, Serving Seniors
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