Nutrition programs celebrate 50 years in delivering meals to seniors

A federal nutrition program that has worked to give elders across the North Shore multiple meals a day is celebrating its 50th anniversary

The National Senior Nutrition Program offers nutritious meals to elders in nursing homes, and through delivery and pickup options so elders can maintain a social aspect of their life while staying healthy.

Marguita Lawrence (left) and Thelma Howard enjoy lunch at the Cambridge Council on Aging Congregate Meal site on March 8. The meal came with a special desert from Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program.

The National Senior Nutrition Program is funded through the Older Americans Act, which provides funding for different food programs for seniors. Something that started five decades ago has shown to be more helpful than ever in recent years.

Especially now with skyrocketing prices on meals and food, this program helps a lot of elders, according to Fatima Dechaves, a Meals on Wheels client. Dechaves also mentioned that the pandemic made it even harder for her to go out, so having her meals delivered during scary times was a big comfort.

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