L.A. Kitchen’s Super Senior Site is an initiative to support 50 programs in Watts, Crenshaw, Inglewood and Boyle Heights, who support communities of color where the impact of senior poverty will be most acute.
Our goal is to not only provide superior meals, but also include additional support to enliven and enrich the experience.
To that end, we’re partnering with groups like YING, a new “time banking” app that will give older people the chance to earn time dollars and stay active.
We’re also partnering with hospitals and health centers, allowing them to refer patients being discharged to centers where they can get the kind of meals that will support health and healing. We’ll also be enlisting dozens more social work and nutrition interns to offer additional support to guests.
Our goal is to distribute thousands of meals each week that generate measurable health outcomes, while showing that seniors will accept, enjoy and thrive on plant based, modest meat meals.
During our first foray into providing healthy meals to senior centers in NE and Downtown LA, we collected over 5,000 meal surveys to determine what diners liked and did not like. We also convened a “Tasting Squad” to help us develop new menu items that were “senior approved”.
For the second year, we partnered with the Keck School of Medicine of USC to offer a Culinary Medicine elective for 2nd year medical students. Initiated by students who wanted to learn more about nutrition, this partnership provides hands-on cooking classes and lectures that will help these future doctors better understand the role food can play in preventative care and healing.
LAK was proud to join the national TKC initiative, jointly led by The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health. This initiative highlights models like ours, which promote healthy eating and the growing interest in the intersection of food and medicine.
If you are interested in partnering with us on Super Senior Sites please contact firstname.lastname@example.org