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Blanco Senior Nutrition Program is Seeking Participants
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 28, 2008

Are you age 60 years or older and feeling a financial pinch due to the rising costs of groceries and energy bills? One answer may be the Senior Nutrition Program at the Blanco Senior Center, located in the Gem of the Hills Community Center. Anyone aged 60+ years of age may become a participant of the program, regardless of income. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the paperwork and a donation for each meal is only $2.00!

The goal of our Senior Citizens Program is to provide a community facility where seniors meet together to pursue mutual interests, receive services, and take part in recreational activities that enhance their quality of life, supports their independence, and encourages their continued involvement in and with the community.

Activities & Services include: arts and crafts, games, health screenings, light exercises, field trips, information and referrals to other agencies and programs, and assistance in completing forms and applications.

The center’s daily schedule offers plenty of opportunities for new friends to be made. Some may enjoy playing dominoes, or watching their favorite movie, while others may work together assembling a lap quilt or a puzzle. In addition, a nutritious noon meal is served at the center Tuesday through Thursday. Transportation to the Center may be arranged through CARTS by calling 1-800-456-7433. This service is free to the Senior Center if you are a participant of the Senior Nutrition Program.

If you are unable to come in to the Center for lunch due to health issues, the Meals on Wheels Program utilizes church volunteers to deliver hot lunches to homebound seniors within a five mile radius of the center. A home visit is scheduled to complete an assessment and register all seniors ages 60+ who are unable to come into the center for lunch. I want to encourage you to call Liz Begay at 830-833-5206 for more information, or to tell us you are coming to visit.

On November 15, 2008 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, there will be an Arts and Crafts Fair to raise money for senior activities. The cost for a booth is $20.00. This will be a great way to save some money on unique holiday gifts, or if you have any crafts or collectibles to sell, make some cash for the upcoming holiday season. Please call the Gem of the Hills Community Center at 830-833-2713 and ask Liz Marek for more information, or to reserve a booth.

Community Action, Inc. (CAI), which operates the Senior Nutrition Center at the Gem of the Hills has been serving older individuals in Blanco for over 30 years. The center provides a comfortable home environment for those that often find themselves isolated from others, or just want to come and have some fun!

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