Celebrating 53 Years of the Senior Nutrition Program

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center.

Part of the Older Americans Act, the Senior Nutrition Program just started its 53rd year! More than a meal service, it’s also a lifeline of connection in our community.

As we saw during COVID, older adults are at increased risk of loneliness and social isolation, which studies show can negatively affect mental and physical health. A lack of social connection increases our risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and cognitive decline.

Studies show that people who dine with others regularly eat healthier and report better quality of life. Program participants are not simply receiving a meal; they are engaging as valued members of a connected community.

San Juan County, Whatcom Council on Aging, and Orcas Senior Center (OSC) work together to provide senior meals and Meals on Wheels prepared at OSC. Many volunteers support their commitment to continue nurturing connections and, in turn, individual and community health. Thank you!