December 17 at 3:13pm
Interfaith Community Services launches new senior food truck in North County
Recently, Interfaith Community Services launched a new nutrition support and social services program to increase the wellness and independence of vulnerable North County seniors. The Senior Connections Program includes a mobile food truck, which provides seniors with easily accessible lunches, as well as socialization and wellness activities in San Marcos and Vista. Facilitated by a three-year grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, and through a partnership with Dreams for Change, a fellow San Diego-based non-profit organization, the Senior Connections Program began operations in November 2014.
The Senior Connections program implements a food-friends-health approach to improving senior physical and mental wellness. Because the North County area is geographically spread out, the truck will act as a mobile resource center for local residents. By providing seniors access to a meal, as well as bringing them together in a social and educational setting, Interfaith Community Services is offering a holistic, all-encompassing service to participants.
The food truck, named Thyme Together, served its first meal on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Vista Village Mobile Home Park in Vista. The food truck lunches and accompanying activities are held Monday through Thursday every week at two mobile home parks and two faith centers along the Rte. 78 corridor, including El Dorado Mobile Home Park in San Marcos, Vista Village Mobile Home Park in Vista, San Marcos Lutheran Church and St. Francis of Assisi in Vista. The schedule for the lunches is as follows:
Mondays 11:30 – 2:30, Vista Village Mobile Home Park, Vista
Tuesdays 11:30 – 2:30, San Marcos Lutheran Church, San Marcos
Wednesdays 11:00 – 2:00, St. Francis of Assisi, Vista
Thursdays 11:30 – 2:30, El Dorado Mobile Home Park, San Marcos
Participating seniors order their three-course lunches from an Interfaith Community Services staff member and are then invited to socialize while they are served their meals. Following finishing their lunches, seniors are welcome to participate in the day’s activity.