Community shows support for new seniors’ lunch program |

Community shows support for new seniors’ lunch program

Many community members have stepped up to offer assistance while the Truckee senior’s lunch program makes the transition to its new management, Serve Our Seniors, an Orangevale-based senior service organization.

According to Tom Ballou, manager of Truckee Pines Apartments many people have been calling and asking how they can contribute during the past month.

“Before there was even ink drawn in the paper, we got a call from Doc Gelso wanting to make a generous contribution,” said Ballou. Ballou said Gelso’s contribution resulted in an account that recently opened at U.S. Bank in the name of Truckee Donner Senior Food Program.

Contributions will go directly to the program, he said.

When Ballou was opening the account at U.S.Bank, the new accounts person made a $25 contribution right there on the spot.

Serve Our Seniors will take over the lunch program contract as of July 1 from the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, which will discontinue services June 30.

“One of the strengths of using Serve Our Seniors is they are not only fluent in using food programs, but other programs such as activity and enrichment programs for seniors,” said Ballou.

There will be a transition period when Serve Our Seniors takes over the program, said Ballou. There are certain pieces of equipment that are needed to run the program, such as a dishwasher.

“We have a provider. Now we must figure out the things we do need. Donations will be used for minor pieces of equipment that are needed,” he said. “During the transition, that’s what donations and funds will be used for.”

Serve Our Seniors and staff at both Truckee Pines and Truckee Donner Congregate Housing are looking for volunteers to be on site. Ballou said they are hoping to expand the facility to service organizations to use for meetings or activities. Paid positions are also available with the Serve Our Seniors Truckee program.

The daily lunch, which begins at 11:45 a.m., is open to any member in the community.

“If anyone wanted to make a regular donation, they could simply come to lunch each week. That is a huge way to help the program and they can come in and meet the seniors,” said Ballou. The suggested donation for seniors is $1.50 and $3 for non-seniors. To make reservations, call 587-2408.

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