‘Tis the Season!

December 18, 2014 - Serving Seniors

The Wellness Center has been aflutter with holiday parties, tree trimming, dancing and gift giving over the past few weeks.  It is heartwarming to see the influx of support this time of year and the way our community comes together to take care of our family of seniors.  The folks we serve are so incredibly thankful for gifts like toiletries and food, which are greatly needed, and they are equally as thankful for the time spent with all of our fabulous volunteers and donors.  Joy is spreading around here and with that comes an immense amount of gratitude from all of us at Serving Seniors. Thank you for all you do during the holidays and throughout the year.

Seniors “Slow the Fork Down” with Slow Food Urban San Diego

December 5, 2014 - Serving Seniors

On a sunny Saturday morning here in San Diego, a group of about 30 eager seniors gatherSLOW FOODed for an enlightening day with a focus on food. They were about to embark on an exploration of their local farmers’ market to collect fresh produce which they’d later learn to prepare.  We partnered with our wonderful friends at Slow Food Urban San Diego whose goal is to raise public awareness and improve access to local, seasonal and sustainably grown foods to host this event.

The lively group set out from our Wellness Center downtown and landed in Little Italy – home of one of the largest farmers’ markets in San Diego. The manager kindly gave the seniors a tour of the entire market where they learned which fruits and vegetables are currently in season as well as helpful tips for navigating the multitude of options and vendors.  The kind folks at Suzie’s Farm filled their bags with fresh, colorful produce to enjoy later on.  This visit familiarized the seniors with an array of healthy, affordable options close to home that many were not yet taking advantage of.

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When everyone regrouped back at the Wellness Center it was time to turn up the heat and put the produce to use. Chef Cynthia Quinonez from Slow Food Urban San Diego led an interactive cooking demo where she showed the audience how to prepare several healthy, simple dishes.  The attendees were able to sample her creations and ask questions along the way.  Most of our senior clients are subsisting on a very meager income and are left feeling extremely limited when it comes to food choices.  For them, learning about the source of the food and subsequently seeing it prepared into a delicious meal was not only interesting but empowering.

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This multi-faceted event was the perfect union of a group dedicated to improving access to local, seasonal foods and our mission to end senior hunger.  We are so grateful to all of our partners for making this such a captivating and meaningful event.  Thank you, Slow Food Urban San Diego, Suzie’s Farm and the wonderful staff at the Little Italy Farmers’ Market.

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