ELIZABETH—This week, 50 seniors began enjoying a healthy, hot lunchtime meal at the Plainfield Senior Services Program. Federal stimulus funding awarded to the county Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, allowed expansion of the nutrition program for seniors.
Union County seniors received 419,740 meals in 2009, delivered through Meals-on-Wheels (home delivered) and congregate (group) meal programs at senior centers and housing complexes throughout the county. Stimulus funds added 18,921 new congregate meals for 740 new senior clients as well as adding the new Plainfield congregate meal site.
Prior to the recent opening of the new Senior Citizen Center in Plainfield, 50 box lunches were provided daily to Plainfield seniors since last July. The new site located at 400 East Front Street, Plainfield, will serve 50 hot meals daily.
Given the increasing cost of food, the economic decline, and growing demand for social Services, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), known as stimulus funding, was used by Union County to help communities help their senior population maintain a healthy diet.
The Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, offers senior adults age 60 and older, and their families, with a wide range of health, financial, home care, legal, and educational services. For information and referral services call 1-888-280-8226, or visit www.ucnj.org.
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