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The JCC Nutrition Sites offer congregate lunches at the Leon and Toby Cooperman JCC's Margulies Center in West Orange and the Village Apartment site located within Jewish Community Housing Corporation's senior apartments at 110 Vose Avenue in South Orange.
What is a congregate lunch program?
Breaking bread together is as old as biblical times, and just as meaningful today. Congregate meal programs offer seniors the chance to eat in a shared dining room.
At the JCC's congregate settings, seniors enjoy their lunches, as well as each other's company.
The dining areas are a place to connect with old and new friends. For many seniors who have re-located or lost friends or a spouse, the dining areas are a friendly, low-pressure place to meet new people.
What is in a typical lunch?
It might begin with hot, homemade soup, followed by poached salmon, stuffed cabbage, or brisket. A baked potato or wild rice, and steamed broccoli might also grace the plate. Dessert, often fruit, is accompanied by coffee or tea.
The menu is created by the Essex County nutritionist, in consultation with the Kosher Nutrition Director at the JCC, and each well-balanced meal provides 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of food for a typical older adult.
What about activities?
Both the Margulies Center and the Village Apartment meal programs offer a range of exercise, wellness, educational, and recreational activities that precede or follow lunch. A lively discussion about current events, a presentation on local history, or a musical program can make a visit to the nutrition site even more enjoyable.
The MetroWest community, its synagogues and residents of senior housing facilities operated by JCHC are encouraged to participate. The Nutrition Sites are a collaborative effort between JCC and JCHC and are supported the Essex County Division of Senior Services.
For more information, contact Joanne Bramnick, Nutrition Program Director, LJ, 973-530-3414, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for the March 2014 Menu.