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Senior Café serves meals every weekday

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By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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Seniors enjoy sharing  meals and companionship at the Senior Cafe, offered weekdays at United Methodist Church by the Seniors First of Placer County.

The nonprofit organization offers meals to seniors age 60 and older living in Placer County at nine cafes, including the Lincoln site. They serve Lincoln, Roseville, Rocklin, Colfax, Auburn and Granite Bay.

Lincoln’s café moved to the United Methodist Church at 629 I St. in January 2011 from the old Civic Center on Fifth Street. The site number is 316-1422.

“I come every day,” Virginia Zavalishin, a Lincoln resident for 27 years, said Thursday. “It helps me have an appetite. I don’t like to eat by myself. I visit with Jerry.”

Jerry Bernsdorf, a 40-year Lincoln resident, also comes every day the café is open.

“He doesn’t cook,” quipped Mady Ramirez, who manages the Lincoln site Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Leah Reno is a 36-year Lincoln resident. She comes to the café for lunch three times a week. Reno brings food she picks up at the Salt Mine to the café to share with fellow seniors.

“I bring vegetables, bread, dessert and cheese,” Reno said. “I am retired military but a lot of seniors are on a fixed income.”

The café’s menu is listed online for every month on the nonprofit organization’s website at seniorsfirst.org. Click the Services tab, then Senior Nutrition program and then February Meals Menu 2013.

Participants are asked to make reservations seven days in advance.

However, any new client can call 24 hours ahead of time.

Meals are prepped at the Senior Café in Auburn and then delivered by vans to the cafes. Included in the meal is a main entrée, bread or rice, fruit and vegetable. They are served, starting at 11:45 a.m. Suggested donation is $5 per meal.

Meals are also delivered to those who cannot leave home.

“Each volunteer has a route with typically around 10 homes to deliver meals and the volunteer checks on seniors to see how they are doing,” said Seniors First marketing and event coordinator Shea Cullen.

“The Senior Nutrition program is specifically focused to provide adequate nutrition and to end senior hunger by 2020,” Cullen said.

Seniors First is funded by Area 4 Agency on Aging, community grants, tax-deductible donations and fundraisers. To donate, send a check made payable to Seniors First to 11566 D Ave., Auburn, CA, 95603.

The organization’s main fundraiser is the annual Fall Wine and Brew Fest, which will take place the first Saturday of November at Ridge Golf Course in Auburn.

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