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SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM (Closed 11/22 & 11/23)

CONGREGATE LUNCH CAFE

Nevada City Senior Apartments

841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley - (530) 273-4961
Lunch is served at noon, Monday thru. Friday

We do not serve meals on weekends or major holidays or when roads are unsafe to travel.

Program Overview:

Gold Country Community Services has been providing senior nutrition programs for older adults in Western Nevada County since 1987. We provide hot nutritious meals in a warm and friendly setting that provides older adults an opportunity to socialize. Each meal is prepared fresh and from scratch.

How to Join In:

Anyone 60 years of age and older is encouraged to attend. Other individuals may attend as guests for a fee.

On your first visit to the Congregate Lunch Café, you will be asked to complete a participant information form. This will expedite signing in at your next visit and helps us demonstrate to our funders that you have benefited from our services.

Our Menu:

Recipes and menus are planned and approved by a dietitian to ensure each meal meets the nutritional requirements for an older adult. Each meal includes an entrée, vegetable, fruit and milk. Menus are available on our website and at our Café.

Program Costs:

Suggested voluntary contribution $3.00 per meal.

Please note that no eligible senior will be denied participation in the program because of failure or inability to contribute.

Guests that are 59 and younger are welcome to attend, but will be charged a fee of $7.00 per meal.

Program Activities:

Each Wednesday at the Congregate Café, lunch is served at noon followed by live entertainment at 12:30pm. On the last Wednesday of each month. Reservations are highly recommended and required for Friendship Wednesdays. Please contact us at (530) 273-4961.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

MEALS ON WHEELS

Program Overview:

Gold Country Community Services has been providing home delivered meals to homebound adults in Western Nevada County since 1987. Annually, we serve over 34,000 home delivered meals.

Our team of dedicated volunteers deliver a hot meal Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10:30am to 1:00pm. Each meal we serve is planned and prepared to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

We do not deliver hot meals on weekends or major holidays or when roads are unsafe to travel.

Our Service Area:

Meals are delivered within the areas of Nevada City, Grass Valley, Lake Wildwood, Cedar Ridge, Penn Valley, Rough & Ready and Lake of the Pines.

Who Can Enroll:

Home delivered meal service is for adults, 60 years of age and older who are unable to prepare meals for themselves, find it difficult to shop for groceries, and/or have inadequate assistance from family and friends.

Priority is given to older adults recently discharged from the hospital from a serious illness or injury and have no outside assistance and seniors that have chronic illness or poor nutritional health.

How to Enroll:

The enrollment process begins with a phone call. Meal service typically begins within a day or so following a short interview to determine eligibility.

Within days of starting meal service, a staff member will pay a visit to your home to get acquainted with you, assess your situation and to answer any questions you may have.

A similar assessment will be performed every 3 months; either by phone or in person.

Our Menus:

Recipes and menus are planned and approved by a registered dietitian. The meals provide at least one-third of an adults recommended daily nutritional intake and are prepared with strict nutrition oversight, no added salt and low amounts of fat and sugar. Each meal includes an entrée, vegetable, fruit and milk.

Program Costs:

Enrolled seniors are not charged for this service, however we appreciate and gladly accept contributions from meal recipients and others as a way to maintain the quality of the program and extend it to others. The suggested contribution is $3.00 per meal.

Please note that no eligible senior will be denied participation in the program because of failure or inability to contribute. 

PET FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM

Program Overview:

The Gold Country Pet Food Pantry is a volunteer program, sponsored by Gold Country Community Services and the Grass Valley Host Lions, with funding by  private donations. The purpose of the Pet Food Pantry Program is to keep seniors and their pets together by reducing pet expenses. Seniors enrolled in the Pet Food Pantry Program will receive pet food and supplies in manageable quantities by their Meals on Wheels delivery driver.

How to Enroll:

To enroll in this program, Gold Country Meals on Wheels clients must complete an enrollment form and return it to GCCS. You are limited to 2 indoor pets, as to this is a volunteer program with limited funding. Once enrolled, a volunteer will contact you to discuss your pet's needs and further explain how the program will work.

For more information about the Gold Country Pet Food Pantry Program Click here for our Pet Food Pantry Brochure... or contact GCCS at (530)273-4961.

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally-mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption and can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.

The number of benefits you can receive is dependent on your family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, and so forth.

The program issues monthly benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. These benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which looks like any other credit card.

You do not have to be on welfare to get CalFresh benefits. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

To apply for CalFresh benefits, please contact Gold Country Community Services at 615-4541 or 273-4961.