Senior News: Senior shopping assistance program continues

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By Cheryl Wilkinson
PREVIEW Columnist

The Pagosa Springs Senior Center has initiated a senior shopping assistance program during this period of pandemic emergency. Many members of our community are practicing social distancing and voluntary isolation and access to groceries and prescription medicine has been identified as a critical need. 

Volunteers are needed to help staff telephone lines and to perform the actual shopping tasks. In Pagosa Springs, contact Rod Hubbard at (303) 594-5117 to volunteer.

Medical alert monitoring systems available

Medical alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We can help you get set up with a system and assist with the monthly service charges to your service provider or if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees to your provider. For more information, please call 264-2167.

Drive-through pick up lunch and breakfast

The Senior Center is continuing its temporary closing of the congregate dining room due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In order to continue providing meals, we are offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meals are available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. 

The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. (Our daily menu is posted on our website at psseniors.org.) Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. We are now including breakfast for the next morning with lunch at the drive-through and Meals on Wheels. 

There will be no games, classes or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

The Community Café menu

Thursday, July 2 — Crab cakes with remoulade sauce, mushrooms with barley and brown rice pilaf, steamed asparagus with lemon, arugula and romaine salad with honey mustard, milk, blackberries and lemon dessert.

Friday, July 3 — Turkey brat dog on hoagie, coleslaw, corn on the cob with butter, milk, salad and brownie.

Monday, July 6 — Chicken/pepperoni and mozzarella hoagie, sweet potato fries with smoked paprika and candied pecans, shredded Brussels sprouts with lime, milk, wedge salad and cherry salad.

Tuesday, July 7 — Barbecue pork ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, milk, spinach mandarin orange salad and rice krispie treat.

Wednesday, July 8 — Shrimp scampi with cappellini, broccoli with butter, grilled pineapple with pistachios and whipped cream, milk and Italian chop salad.

Thursday, July 9 — Turkey and wild and brown rice soup, bacon green beans, cornbread with butter, milk, green salad with apples and dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette and chocolate pie.

Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to drive through and pick up a meal at The Community Café at the Senior Center in the Community Center. 

For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.

Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.