If you’re age 60 or older and looking for a great place for lunch with a fun group of people, plus interesting activities, why not stop by the Meals on Wheels People/Loaves and Fishes Center at 5325 Northeast MLK Blvd? They serve delicious, nutritious lunches with a choice of entrée every weekday from noon until 1:00pm. The suggested donation is $3, but no one is ever turned away.
For 45 years this center serves more than 67,000 older adults in north and northeast Portland annually. It’s a friendly, convenient place to meet new people, see old friends, or just get out of the house and relax while eating an attractive, well-prepared lunch. They treat every diner like a restaurant guest. Servers bring your meal and beverage directly to the table. Also, daily activities are provided by the Urban League of Portland for many different interests.
MLK Center Manager David Lomax says “Many are widowed or live alone, so coming to the Center gives them a chance to talk with others. Our Center takes the place of the front porch in the old days.” If you’re not sure where the center is, it’s in the familiar Walnut Park Building (#5325) on the corner of Killingsworth and MLK Blvd. Parking is in the back and the entrance is right there in the center of the building.
They always need more volunteers to help serve meals at the Center and to help deliver meals. If you want to volunteer, just ask. Drop by for a tour and a monthly Urban League activity calendar. David Lomax welcomes your interest and questions. Call 503-953-8207 or visit mealsonwheelspeople.org.
Or, if you’re home-bound and unable to cook for yourself, they will deliver fresh, hot, nutritious lunches Monday through Friday. Meals are provided on a donation basis and are available to any senior 60 or over, regardless of income. Call to 503-736-6325 or visit mealsonwheelspeople.org to register.
By Dee Craig-Arnold