We have two programs that help make sure seniors in our region have access to good nutrition and–just as importantly–a chance to socialize and share a meal with other seniors. Our Congregate Meal program lets seniors 60 and over get a weekday lunch at community center near them, while a new program, MI Senior Feast, lets seniors enjoy lunch at a local restaurant one day a week.
The AAA 1-B supports senior dining programs throughout the region. These programs provide a lunch on the weekdays for seniors who are 60 and older. These programs are usually held in community settings such as a senior centers, senior living facilities or churches. Seniors are asked to make a voluntary donation for the meal to help offset the cost. Spouses of those 60 and older can also participate in the program, regardless of their age.
Senior dining programs have many benefits other than providing a meal and good nutrition. These include getting out, socializing, and even having participants volunteer their own time. Senior dining programs are a great way to combat loneliness and make new friends.
Program times vary by location. For a complete list of congregate meal programs in your community, contact the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at 1-800-852-7795.
The MI Senior Feast program lets seniors go out to a local restaurant one day a week. It’s a great way for seniors to get out, socialize and enjoy all their community has to offer. The program is available to people 60 and older, but there aren’t any other eligibility requirements–as long as you’re over 60, you’re welcome to participate. A donation of $3 or more is suggested for each meal. Currently, there are only two participating restaurants–one in Macomb County and the other in St. Clair County–but you do not have to live in those counties to participate. It’s open to anyone 60 or over!
Contact your local MI Senior Feast participating agency to request a voucher that you can use in an area restaurant. There will be some paperwork to fill out, but you will need a voucher to receive a meal, and you will need a voucher each time you dine. There are currently two participating partner agencies–one in Macomb County and one in St. Clair County)
United Community Family Services (Ask for Samar)
St. Clair County
The Council on Aging, Inc. serving St. Clair County
At this time, there are two participating restaurants:
Baghdad Restaurant (Middle Eastern Cuisine)
4055 17 Mile Rd (17 Mile & Ryan Rd)
Sterling Heights, MI
Vouchers can be used on Tuesdays, Noon to 3 p.m.
St. Clair County
Four Star Grille (Traditional American Cuisine)
1835 Gratiot (Gratiot & Michigan Ave)
Vouchers can be used on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participating restaurants offer a “Feast Day” once a week, at a specific time. At the Baghdad Restaurant in Sterling Heights, vouchers can be used on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. At the For Star Grille in Marysville, vouchers can be used on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The vouchers are only good for specific menu items. We want to make sure meals are healthy and nutritious. Vouchers include a choice of choice of water, milk, coffee or tea. Other drinks must be purchased separately.
Tips are not included in the vouchers. Tipping is not required, but please do if you’re able. The waitstaff is always appreciative!
If you cannot afford the suggested the $3 donation, let the participating agency know when you request your voucher. They may be able to arrange a smaller donation amount based on need.