According to the AARP Foundation, the District of Columbia ranks 17th out of all states in the US in terms of risk of hunger among older adults. Embarrassment to ask for help or to accept food stamps or other public assistance, the struggle to make ends meet on severely fixed incomes, and a weak job market especially for older adults are all contributing factors to this scary reality. Sarah’s Circle strives to reduce food scarcity and senior hunger by providing a full-service meal program, facilitating delivery of monthly groceries through Bread for the City, and delivering nutrition education and seminars designed to help seniors make healthy choices.
The meal program at Sarah’s Circle is open to all members of the DC community who are age 62 and older or who have a disability. If you are interested in joining the program, you can just walk right in and our staff will help you fill out your application for meals.
Sarah’s Circle is a congregate meal site for the DC Office on Aging in Ward 1. Through this program, we offer lunch every weekday (except for national holidays) at 12:00pm. The menu varies each day and special meals are available for those on vegetarian, gluten-free, and other specific diets. We also facilitate take-out meal service for those who are unable to join us for lunch in the wellness center, ensuring every senior has access to a tasty and healthy midday meal.
We also offer breakfast from 9:00am to 10:00am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our in-house cook prepares a full “farmer’s breakfast” once per week and offers an array of continental options for those who prefer to eat light. Every fourth Thursday, we provide our monthly community dinner at 6:00pm, giving seniors a taste of some of our favorite recipes while encouraging community-building and fellowship.
Recognizing that self-sufficiency is a key to continued independence, we encourage our seniors to prepare their own meals and to explore affordable dining options in the local community. Through our partnership with the Marymount University School of Nursing, we provide one-on-one and group nutrition counseling to help our residents make better food choices when they are dining on their own. From discussions on how to eat better to prevent common ailments such as diabetes to walking through kitchens and grocery stores to help participants recognize how to make healthier choices, our nutrition program is designed to not only offer on-site services, but to provide lasting tips and tricks as well.