Meals

Meals For One Or Two Cooking Class

Thursday, May 30th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cooking for one or two people is sometimes difficult, especially if you were used to cooking for a larger family. In this cooking demonstration, join a Registered Dietitian to learn simple tips and tricks for healthy meal planning, get quick and easy meal ideas, and enjoy taste tests at the end! Learn how to live a healthier life while reducing food costs and time in the kitchen. With Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD, of Pacific Medical Centers.

$5 members, $10 public. Advance registration appreciated.

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Community Lunch

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Lunch is served between:

12:00 – 12:45 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 

Enjoy a delicious meal with a wonderful group of people! Each lunch day, choose between a hot entree with sides OR a soup and hearty salad combo! All ages are welcome, feel free to bring family and friends!

This  Week’s Lunch. To be put on the weekly menu email list, email register@wallingfordseniors.org with “weekly menu” in the subject line.

Join us any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday! Van transportation is available. We appreciate your support!

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Meals For One Or Two Cooking Class

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Cooking for one or two people is sometimes difficult, especially if you were used to cooking for a larger family. In this cooking demonstration, join a Registered Dietitian to learn simple tips and tricks for healthy meal planning, get quick and easy meal ideas, and enjoy taste tests at the end! Learn how to live a healthier life while reducing food costs and time in the kitchen. With Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD, of Pacific Medical Centers.

$3 members, $6 public. Advanced registration appreciated.

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A Night in Spain! – Paella Dinner Fundraiser

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Join us for a paella dinner fundraiser to benefit Wallingford Community Senior Center – includes sangria, tapas, paella, live flamenco dancing, a dessert dash, and more!

Sponsored by:

Brothers & Henderson, P.S.

Dick’s Drive-In

Fedelta Home Care

Homewatch CareGivers

ResCare

Seattle Medicare Plan Experts

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Tickets $75. Available here. Hurry, space is limited!

Van Transportation to WCSC

Get a ride to join us for Community Lunch and Enhance Fitness class! Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

First time riders: (206) 461-7825

Speak to a WCSC staff person about your transportation request.

Return Riders: (206)856-8250

Leave a message with your name, address, phone number, the date you’d like a ride, and the activities you’d like a ride to/from. The van coordinator, Mark, will call you the morning of the ride with your estimated pickup time.

Who Can Ride: those 50+ and/or with limited mobility

Service Area: within Seattle City limits, generally north of the ship canal

Suggested Donation: $3 per round trip or pay what you can

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WCSC meal program a critical senior resource

(Written by Kaitlin Zinsli)

Oftentimes, it can be small-scale community efforts that make all the difference in someone’s life. That is the case when it comes to Wallingford Community Senior Center’s meal program. The lunches are not just a convenient lunch stop for people in the older population but a collective effort to address real problems of hunger and isolation in the senior community. The uniquely designed program combats these issues by encouraging active and regular attendance of meals in a friendly, social setting.

The meal program offers lunch three days a week for a suggested donation of $4 (although no one has been turned away if they can’t afford this fee). In addition to providing food and social interaction, the meal program also naturally exposes participants to the wealth of other activities offered at the Center, including exercise classes, game and movie nights, and pancake breakfasts. It provides seniors a safe place to enjoy meals, be an active part of a community, see familiar faces, and make connections.

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Despite recent funding cuts, WCSC’s meal program is thriving. Volunteers and staff have seen a marked increase in attendance since revamping the program to account for decreased government funds.

The successful meal program has been around for several years and has recently gone through some difficult, but ultimately positive, changes. Earlier this year, the federal government cut its yearly funding for the program, leading to concerns that WCSC would have to start turning people away and potentially shut down the program completely. WCSC employees and volunteers refused to go down without a fight.

“We took the opportunity to grow and expand, instead of shrinking back and saying, ‘We can’t do this,’” said WCSC Program and Operations Manager Victoria Dzenis.

Instead of giving up, WCSC is moving to transform the meal program into a self-sustaining program. They altered meals by providing more options and were able to rely on volunteers, the community, and donors to keep the program not only afloat, but more successful than ever. Today there are more lunch attendees than before the funding cuts.

Ashley Larson, WCSC’s Communications and Operations Coordinator, says the changes the meal program has gone through have “definitely been positive, and people enjoy [coming] more.” Continue reading

Food fosters community

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Davi Asnani attends WCSC’s Harvest Breakfast with her family on September 6. From left: Sheela Hodges, Davi Asnani, Claire Hodges. (Photograph: Dan Druliner)

Community events are a great way to celebrate diversity of thought, converse with neighbors, and share a meal. Wallingford Community Senior Center hosted its third annual Harvest Breakfast on Saturday, September 6, and more than 120 people turned out to enjoy the good company and good food.

“Really good food. Everything was really nice,” said Davi Asnani, who attended the breakfast with her daughter Sheela Hodges and granddaughter Claire. They were joined later by Hodges’s husband and other children.

“They all enjoyed [themselves],” said Asnani. “In our family, everyone comes to support each other … They want to be with seniors, too.”

Pancake Breakfasts, Movie Nights, Harvest Breakfasts, and the Wallingford Family Parade and Festival are all events WCSC has done to help bring people together of different generations. While seniors and aging issues are always WCSC’s focus, these community events foster cross-generational interaction to build a more inclusive community, a critical component to fighting ageism and isolation. Continue reading