Havelock seniors asked to donate for lunches at center

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 05:15 PM.

Brady credited volunteers for maintaining the lunch program. He said in the last three months, 10 people have volunteered 623 hours, which at minimum wage represents $4,517.

“If it wasn’t for our volunteers, we couldn’t run this program,” he said. “They do an excellent job of going to purchase the food, prepping the food, cooking the food, serving the food and keeping the place clean.”

He said the center serves about 35 meals per day. Lunch is served beginning at noon each weekday at the center.

“A lot of our seniors, if they didn’t come here, they wouldn’t socialize with anybody at all,” Brady said. “They would just be by themselves. They come here, and you can just see how they brighten up at being able to socialize among their peers, and get a nutritious meal and save themselves a little bit of money. Most seniors are on a fixed income.”

He said that socialization is an important part of the meals for seniors.

“They start showing up about 30 minutes prior and sit around and talk,” Brady said. “Then they eat and stay about 30 or 40 minutes afterwards.”

He said the meal program serves as the hook that brings seniors in to the center, allowing them to learn about other programs that are offered.

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