SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains is one of 24 sites hosting the Union County Congregate Nutrition Program. The lunches are held every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Country Club.

The meals, paid through Federal grant funds, consist of a hot protein entree, vegetable, or salad, potato, pasta or rice, bread,  milk, and soup or juice. The central objective of the lunch program is to maximize independence and dignity of our seniors.

“I am proud to continue our commitment to serve all seniors with well-rounded programming to address their needs," said Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith. "The Senior Café is a wonderful addition to the programing provided through the Township for seniors. I look forward to attending some of the lunches myself.”

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A nutritionist in the Division on Aging designs meals that meet healthy nutrient requirements, also known as the Recommended Dietary Allowance. In addition, the nutritionist provides health and wellness presentations about food choices, physical activity, and seasonal produce.

“The Township of Scotch Plains is always looking for ways to expand our programming for our Senior Citizens," Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella noted. "This weekly nutrition program at the newly refurbished Shady Rest, is a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to meet, socialize and share a meal.” 

Mayor Smith and Township Manager Mirabella were joined by Union County Manager Ed Oatman, Scotch Plains Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe, Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey, Parks & Recreation Director D.J. Salvante, and local residents Wells Perkins, Caroline Perkins and Sue Chiaramonte.

The suggested donation is $1.75 per meal.  If one person in a couple is under age 60, the suggested donation is $4.00.

Any person 60 years of age or older is invited to participate. Sign up for the lunch is required, and menus and sign up details will be available through the Senior Citizen Services Coordinator. There are no income guidelines to participate. If you are interested in attending, please make your reservation by calling 908-322-5151.

For further information about nutrition programs offered by the Division on Aging, call Kathleen Malkiewicz at 908-527-4877 or email