The Union County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with the Union County Division on Aging, is proud to offer a new pilot program, Social 60+, for qualifying Union County residents, age 60 and over.
“Social 60+ is a new initiative of Union County to bring together the older adult community, not only to receive a balanced meal, but by sharing it together, meeting other residents in the community,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “This new program will give people the opportunity to socialize, try new restaurants and get a healthy, affordable meal option.”
Social 60+ was designed to bring the benefits of a healthy meal and socialization into the community for older adults in Union County. As part of the pilot program, The Garden Restaurant, located at 943 Magie Avenue in Union, NJ, has agreed to accept a voucher from the Union County Division on Aging in exchange for meal options designated by the restaurant.
To participate, one must be a Union County resident 60 years and over; agree to attend a nutrition education program offered by the Division on Aging at least once a quarter and provide all necessary information during intake.
“We are excited to launch this new program not only in response to the growing social and nutritional needs of older adults in our community, but to engage with residents who may otherwise be unfamiliar with the many services and programs offered by the Division and the County of Union,” said Natalie Zarrillo, Executive Director of the Union County Division on Aging.
All qualified residents are invited and encouraged to enjoy a meal through this program. The voucher process is done via the phone with the Division on Aging, once the intake is complete and approved, residents will receive their voucher by mail. Vouchers must be used by 12/31/2022. Vouchers will be limited to one per person, at this time. Expired vouchers will not be honored. Participants may select from a set menu of choices that have been designated to meet the Older Americans Act (OAA) standards of one-third recommended dietary allowances and compliance with the OAA dietary guidelines.
For the Social 60+ application, please call the Union County Division on Aging, at (908) 527-4870. Please visit www.ucnj.org/aging for a complete list of program and vouchers rules and regulations.
For more information about this or other programs offered, please call the Union County Division on Aging with any questions, toll-free at 1-888-280-8226.