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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 35 years

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as "Senior Dining" and "Meals on Wheels" - are celebrating their 35th year of service in the State.

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as "Senior Dining" and "Meals on Wheels" - are celebrating their 35th year of service in the State.

In July of 1973, the Governor's Citizen's Action Council on Aging awarded its first Older American's Act grants for the purpose of establishing "nutrition programs for the elderly." Duluth Senior Dining was one of the agencies to receive a grant. That year, four Senior Dining meal sites were established throughout the City. By the end of the 1970s, Duluth had three more meal sites. Today, there are eight meal sites in Duluth that serve almost 250 meals per day. Across Minnesota, 3.3 million meals per year are served at 600 meal sites.

The senior dining programs are more than just a meal. In addition to the nutritious meal, the dining sites offer opportunities for socialization, recreation, volunteering, education and are links to other community services that promote independent living.

In honor of the 35th Anniversary, eight senior dining sites in Duluth invite you to a "Meal of Celebration" on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 am. Meal reservations are required by noon, one day in advance, at most meal sites. They are serving roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, glazed carrots and hot apple chips for dessert.

To join us or to find out more about the program, please call 730-4310.

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-- Duluth Parks and Recreation press release

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