VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging's Senior Nutrition Program in Piru is moving to Poncho’s Place beginning Friday, July 1, 2016.
Located at 3944 Center Street, Poncho’s Place will host this public service, which provides healthy meal options from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Home-delivered meals are also available. This service was previously offered through San Salvador Mission in Piru.
While all individuals age 60 years and older are welcome to participate in congregate lunch services at Poncho’s Place, the VCAAA also offers a home-delivered meal program, which allows nutritionally balanced, hot meals to be delivered to seniors who are homebound by reason of illness, disability, or isolation. Home-delivered meal participants receive an in-home assessment to begin meal service, which includes referrals for any additional needs for nutrition-related supportive services, such as outreach, transportation, food shopping assistance, and escort to congregate nutrition sites.
According to Patti Jaeger, VCAAA Registered Dietitian, “This program provides participants with a balanced, hot meal that provides most nutrients seniors need as they age. Each meal includes one-third of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowance and typically includes a high protein entrée, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, whole grain serving, and cheese or yogurt.”
Poncho’s Place will be operating this program with funding from the Older American Act made available through VCAAA and the California Department of Aging, local contributions, and a suggested donation of $3 from eligible participants. While no participant will be turned away for inability to contribute, donations of any amount are welcome. All participant donations are used to provide additional meals.
VCAAA provides congregate and home-delivered meal services throughout the county, offering more than a meal to participants. This program not only helps to reduce hunger and food insecurity; it also promotes socialization by breaking down the barriers of isolation and loneliness.
Valley Express (805-933-2267) will continue to be available for those needing transportation services to and from the meal site. To order transportation tickets to attend the congregate program, please call VCAAA’s Information & Assistance at 805-477-7300. For more information on the VCAAA’s Senior Nutrition Program, please visit ventura.org/vcaaa.
The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals and their caregivers to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.