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- January 4, 2019

Hot lunch program to resume downtown service

La Comida looks to bring meals to Masonic Center this month

by Chris Kenrick

The senior hot lunch program La Comida is expanding into a temporary, trial location in downtown Palo Alto this year as the nonprofit continues its search for a long-term home.

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Posted by Fantastic
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Finally some good news ... it was devastating when La Comida wasn't allowed to continue as before (in a city-owned building, no less) once those renovations are completed.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this possible and I hope it will continue.

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Posted by C Leung
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:34 am

Congrats to Mary Ruth (Site Manager) who kept going and work so hard to keep feeding the seniors nutritious meals....Nice article describing the GREAT PROGRAM! 46+ years of daily (over 130 meals) to seniors (there is still needy folks in PA), I have seen them in action for 30+ yrs....EXCELLENT group of vol...they could us some HIGH TECH FUNDING FOR CHARITY too! Thanks to Stanford students who vol there too! If I live close by, I would!

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Posted by Foodie
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2019 at 10:56 am

>> "Obviously we primarily serve meals, but we think that's almost kind of secondary to the social interaction that goes on. It's just heartwarming to see so many people coming together, enjoying themselves and obviously interacting. And there's also a lot of camaraderie among the volunteers."

No offense, but, speaking as a "senior" myself, I can't imagine the "hot lunch" being more nutritious than what I prepare for myself. IOW-- I find it curious that the subterfuge of "primarily serve meals" is still necessary to justify and draw people into the real purpose, which is social interaction. The Great Depression began ~90 years ago now. Most of us don't lack calories. Let's be honest and say that what we do lack is healthy social interaction.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

neighbor is a registered user.

Fighting loneliness and isolation is a important part of La Comida's purpose but as folks get older many people have a hard time shopping and cooking nutritious meals for themselves. This is good news for the seniors of Palo Alto.

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