WHAT: Serving Seniors to host Christmas meals full of holiday cheer for low-income San Diego seniors, who often celebrate the holidays without family. Entertainment includes holiday music and singing. A large festive tree decorates the dining room, along with with centerpieces and linens on all the tables. The menu includes Cornish hen, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, ambrosia salad, and German chocolate cake. Volunteers will serve the seniors their meals and visit with them on a day that can be lonely for many.
WHERE: Serving Seniors, 1525 4th Avenue, San Diego (92101).
EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: Approximately 300 seniors
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Best time to cover).
WHY: Did you know that 2 in 5 San Diego seniors have to choose between rent and food?
Since 1970, Serving Seniors has been dedicated to helping seniors struggling with poverty and hunger. The number of food insecure seniors is at critical levels in San Diego and loneliness and isolation can have serious consequences for seniors’ physical and mental health. Good nutrition is integral to reducing the overall cost of healthcare. Serving Seniors is safety net for older adults, serving nearly 600,000 meals annually and providing supportive services that keep seniors healthy and independent.
MORE INFORMATION AND TO MAKE A DONATION: http://www.servingseniors.org
INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:
- Hundreds of low-income and homeless seniors enjoying a nutritious holiday meal with the company of friends.
- Volunteers serving meals, drinks, and dessert.
- Holiday decorations and a festive Christmas tree featured in a state of the art community center designed for the needs of seniors.
- Seniors sharing their stories about the impact Serving Seniors makes in their lives and how a meal with good friends helps to combat the holiday blues.
- Volunteers can speak about the importance of volunteering and why they help.
- Lori Gremel of Serving Seniors can speak to the need of supporting seniors over the holidays.