Loaves and Fishes for seniors in La Center

first_imgA year ago, La Center’s twice-weekly senior lunches were sparsely attended. Few people knew about the meals offered by Loaves and Fishes, and many believed the food was available only for seniors in need. Fast forward 12 months, and the La Center Community Center presents an entirely different image.Now about 30 seniors attend the lunches on Mondays and Thursdays, some driving in from as far as Woodland and Vancouver for the hot meals.Live music fills the room once a month, and the tables are always adorned with homemade centerpieces and place mats. The lunches are now a twice-weekly social event for seniors.“What it’s providing right now, besides a hot meal … is a spot where they can come together, socialize with other people,” City Councilman Al Luiz said. “Just a place for them to get out of their homes and come interact with people their age.”Luiz and his wife, Trish, are a big reason behind the turnaround.Before Luiz ran for city council in 2009, he didn’t know the lunch event existed. He realized then that many seniors are probably unaware, as well. So earlier this year, the couple and former Councilwoman Barbara Vining went door-to-door in senior living communities and spread the word. Trish Luiz provides the homemade treats and decorations to spruce up the community center, and Al Luiz arranges for the musical entertainment.last_img

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