To meet the needs of North County San Diego’s growing senior population, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has convened Interfaith Community Services and Dreams for Change to provide a collaborative program. These two organizations host four lunches each week served by a food truck at faith centers and senior mobile home communities in North County.
The goal of North County Senior Connections (NCSC) is to increase the wellness and food security of North County seniors, as well as to build community among seniors. Currently in its pilot phase, the NCSC lunch program is strategically located throughout Vista, San Marcos and Oceanside. The program addresses the nutritional needs of approximately 200 vulnerable seniors and expands socialization opportunities, as well as educating and informing seniors of available health resources and support services.
Dreams for Change provides the food truck and has worked with a nutritionist to design a menu for the lunches. Seniors have several meal items to choose from, as well as fresh fruits, snacks and drinks.
The lunches are provided to seniors at a reduced cost. Interfaith Community Services (ICS) provides a variety of supportive services. Guest presenters and volunteers host activities such as chair yoga, tai chi classes, group games and informational lectures about community issues. ICS’s Senior Case Manager attends the lunches to provide services on site or make appointments to follow up at the seniors’ homes.
The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation supports this program through our Community Impact Fund. Contact us to find out how you can contribute or get involved in this important cause in North County.
Update: The North County Senior Connections program celebrated over seven thousand meals served in its first year! Read more about the inaugural year of the Healthy Aging Program and the successful work of all the people who worked in North County supporting our senior population.