12/25/2012 5:00:00 PM Office on Aging hands out fresh produce
Pictured left to right are Riverside County Office on Aging representatives Becky Priest, Anna Rossetti, and local volunteer Adam Ruiz, bag up the fresh vegetables that were handed out on Dec. 20 at the Blythe Senior Center.
Fresh produce was handed out to 95 seniors on Thursday at Blythe Senior Center. The produce was courtesy of Riverside County Office on Aging, Riverside, which purchased $1,800 worth of the produce and brought it to Blythe.
Jaclyn Randall Former Times Editor
BLYTHE - Riverside County Office on Aging Contract and Service Officer Jeff Meyer traveled to the Blythe Senior Center with $1,800 worth of fresh produce to hand out to the seniors who attend the center.
Meyer procured funding from the Office on Aging headquarters located in Riverside from a California Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program grant that allowed Meyer to bulk purchase the vegetables directly from a family-owned farm in Chino, Calif. for the specific purpose of giving the produce to low-income seniors.
With other Office on Aging representatives, Becky Priest and Anna Rossetti, Meyer made the trip to Blythe on Thursday just in time for the lunch serving to pass out $20 worth of fresh produce. The bags included: strawberries, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and more. Sixty-five eat-in seniors received bags of produce while another 30 bags were delivered to the at-home clients.
Blythe Senior Center is open Monday-Thursday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for seniors age 60 years and up. Lunch is served starting at 11 a.m. If a senior is planning on having lunch at the center, they are asked to call 24 hours in advance to help the meal cooks ensure enough food is available. There is a requested $3 donation but if you are unable to pay, the senior will not be turned away.
During the cool winter months, the center serves coffee and hot chocolate beginning at 8 a.m. and in the warm (hot) summer months, water and other cool refreshments are served.
Blythe Senior Center, in conjunction with Riverside County Office on Aging, offers many programs through the year. Working with California Highway Patrol, the center offers senior driving tips and classes; the Palo Verde Hospital dietician gives pointers; Braille program has seminars; and holidays are celebrated and recognized including Mother's and Father's Day. Upcoming in January, the center will offer income-tax preparation assistance at no cost for low-income seniors. Look for more information in upcoming editions of the Palo Verde Valley Times.
A home delivered lunch is also offered for those seniors who are homebound ("Meals on Wheels"). This program is complete with nutritious meals for seven days of the week and a friendly visit from the delivery personnel. Participants in "Meals on Wheels" must qualify.
For more information on Blythe Senior Center and the programs that are offered or to reserve your lunch spot, stop by during open hours or call 760-922-8801.