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Hot meal deal and free lunchtime transportation for older adults

Clements Community Center is a partner with Volunteers of America and Lakewood Rides to provide easy access to nutritious food, socializing and wellness opportunities.


Sept. 14, 2018 – There’s nothing like a great lunch with friends, a free ride and entertainment. That’s what the Clements Community Center provides through its older adult nutrition program in partnership with Volunteers of America (VOA). Adults age 60 and older can enjoy a hot lunch at noon every Monday through Thursday and the first Friday of each month at Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St. For a $2.50 suggested contribution per meal, participants receive a nutritionally rich and deliciously prepared lunch.


“The Clements Community Center has been a VOA dining site for more than 40 years. For some people, it is their only opportunity to get a hot meal. Others come mainly to socialize and build lasting friendships while dining together,” said Jean Engstrom, older adult nutrition coordinator with Lakewood Recreation.  


Individuals should reserve their meal two business days in advance by calling 303-987-4833 before 11 a.m. No one age 60 and older is denied service because of an inability to make a contribution. Those under 60 years old are invited to reserve a meal for $8.50.


Each meal consists of an entrée and the accompaniments such as vegetables, fruits, breads, milk, etc. that provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutrients for older adults. For example, one day’s menu includes maple balsamic glazed chicken breast, Israeli couscous, seasoned spinach, multigrain roll, fresh peach, cranberry juice and milk. Coffee is available for 25 cents a cup. For more information, go to


Need a ride? Lakewood Rides offers residents age 60 and older free, assisted door-through-door lunchtime transportation to the Clements Community Center dining room or any other VOA dining location within Lakewood Rides' boundaries. Register with Lakewood Rides by calling 303-987-4826 or visit for details. Please make a ride request for lunch transportation 24 hours in advance.


In conjunction with the dining program, the Clements Community Center offers midday entertainment such as bingo, movies and live music in the dining hall on select dates. Health options are also available that include blood pressure screenings and the SilverSneakers® fitness programs, which are free for SilverSneakers® members or available with a 10-class punch card for $15. Get the details at


Additionally, volunteer opportunities are available for community members and groups interested in setting up tables, serving or plating meals and more. Visit for details or call 303-987-4833.


Posted on: Friday, September 14, 2018