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RI nutrition program shakes up old menus

March 7, 2014

The cheapest lunch in town is going bistro.

Actually, it’s been going that way for a while, says Larry Grimaldi of the R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs.

The biggest kitchens of the state’s Senior Nutrition Program have slowly been tweaking their menus to cater to the more sophisticated, health-conscious tastes of baby boomers, the fastest-aging segment of the population.

“The senior center isn’t just a place you go to have lunch and play bingo,” says Grimaldi. “That concept is long gone.”

Now it’s official: the regional dining centers where hundreds eat thousands of lunches a year are prepared for the state’s seniors and homebound elderly have changed their names to reflect modern sensibilities about food. In the northern Rhode Island area, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center of Pawtucket has morphed into “The Cafe at Leon Mathieu Center.” The dining hall at the Woonsocket Senior Center has become “The Cafe at Senior Services.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call and Saturday's Times.

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