Managers, Directors and Center
Senior Center Best Practices
Senior Center/Nutrition Program/Organization Name
The Heritage House
4 Sylvania St, Brookville, Pa 15825
Monthly themed meals and evening meals
Once a month we have a themed congregate lunch (Mexican and Italian for
example), we learn about the culture that goes along with the theme. We hold one
evening meal every other month. We include some type of entertainment with the
meal. All the meals meet the nutritional requirements.
Time and Manpower
There is usually about 1-2 hours involved in the planning of the themed
congregate lunches. Doing some research on the different cultures. We usually
decorate according to the theme. There is no extra time involved in the meal
prep. We work with the provider for our congregate lunches to choose the menu
for both the lunches and the evening meals and they prepare it. The volunteers
do the decorating and serving of the lunches and the meal provider serves the
To market our themed lunches and evening meals we advertise in our monthly
news letter, the free cable channels, flyers in all of our centers and word of
Our target audience is for those over 60 who have never been in the Heritage
House. For our event we have attendance from our regular consumers, those who
come only for special events and we see new faces in the center.
We partner with our meal provider to make these events nice. It brings new
individuals into the center and it helps the meal provider out at the same time.
We have volunteers that provide talent with entertainment.
The costs were really minimal for these events. We used volunteers for
serving. We bought a few decorations as well as made some or had someone bring
decorations in from home.
Impact On Center
These events have brought in new people to the center. The themed congregate
lunches bring in about 40-50 people who do not normally come in for lunch and
the evening meals bring in about 120-150 people many which are new to the
This is an easy idea to try that does not take a lot of time or prep. People
like to gather to socialize when food is involved.
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