"Monday Munchies", a new weekly meal program at People Plus, had its "grand opening" this week at the People Plus Center on Union Street. Members enjoyed homemade chili (with loads of hidden vegetables!) prepared by Executive Director Stacy V. Frizzle, and a chunk of cornbread as a side. Some partakers enjoyed their lunch at the Center while visiting with friends and watching TV while others took their lunch to go.
Sponsored by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, the meals will either be prepared by People Plus staff or in partnership with Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.
The fruition of a year-long upgrade to the "Senior Cafe" that includes a new kitchenette/counter area, extra water/coffee access, glider chairs, puzzle table and a new television; the Monday Munchies meal program will provide a healthy and low-cost lunch for seniors who use the Center daily or just pop in for a meal. Hunger abatement and improved nutrition are two of the goals for the program as well as additional opportunities for socialization.
Monday Munchies will be served every Monday from 11:00 - 12:30 and will be sit down or take out. A $3-$4 donation is welcomed and we'll serve until the food is gone! We hope members get used to dropping in here, watching some tv, eating a healthy meal, and there's always an old friend (or new friend) waiting.
Grants from the Maine Community Foundation, The Senter Fund and the First Parish Church, with donations by Suzan Wilson, Dan McLaughlin, Judy Wilbur and Hammond Lumber Company made the improvements to the cafe possible and provided a "bank" to develop the new meal program. "We are so very excited about this program," People Plus Executive Director Stacy V. Frizzle said, "Nutrition and isolation are two key problems for seniors everywhere, this gives us a real opportunity to confront both."