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LARSO: From Our Kitchen To Your Door – Home Delivered Meals For Seniors

on October 30, 2017 - 1:36pm

Grilled tuna and vegetables can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves. Courtesy/LARSO


Many locals know that delicious lunches are served at both the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers every weekday, but fewer folks know that those same meals can be delivered hot and ready to eat to the homes of seniors who may not be able to cook for themselves.

Sometimes, a senior has been hospitalized or sustained an injury or illness that has them feeling weak, unable to stand at the stove or just not feeling like eating.

Good nutrition is imperative for healing and maintaining one’s health and meals from the senior center are heart healthy and portioned for older adults.  Meals come with milk or juice and include an entrée, sides and dessert.

Now that winter is in the air, you will see menus with a variety of hearty soups, chicken pot pie or yummy enchiladas.

The other benefit of this service is the short visit from the people who deliver the meals. One route is handled by volunteers and the other routes are driven by senior center staff. They check in with each senior to see how they are doing and if any additional assistance is needed. This can be very reassuring for family members and many seniors say they look forward to seeing their driver each day.

Extra meals for the evening and weekends can be arranged. Home delivered meals are offered on a suggested donation basis, with the current suggestion being $5.50/meal. Additional funds used to support this service come from the Area Agency on Aging and Los Alamos County.

The following feedback recently came to the senior center from local resident Karen Kendall:

“We are so grateful to the Senior Center for the home food program. My husband’s parents love the meals. Cooking to manage diabetes is not easy especially as you age. Having daily, well balanced meals delivered and easy to heat up for dinner has made a huge difference and improved their health. Their favorite meals are the cobb salad and frito pie.”

A call to the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 505.662.7957 will connect you with the staff who can answer any questions about this service and get it started for any persons 60 or older who are homebound.