Nonprofit Celebrates Serving 12 Millionth Meal for Needy Seniors

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Ron Roberts (left) and Paul Downey with Yolanda Maldonado at other diners at Serving Seniors’ downtown location. Photo by Chris Jennewein

A San Diego nonprofit that provides food for seniors living in poverty served it’s 12 millionth meal on Wednesday.

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San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts marked the occasion by personally serving lunch to Yolanda Maldonado at the downtown facility of Serving Seniors.

“I feel very honored to share with the rest of the seniors,” said Maldonado, who has volunteered for the organization for eight years and now eats there.

Serving Seniors helps elderly San Diegans live independently for as long as possible by providing nutritious meals, health education, social services, case management, affordable housing and learning opportunities. The organization operates nine senior centers and 350 housing units, serving 5,000 people annually.

Paul Downey, president and CEO, said a typical senior served by his organization has only $5 to $7 per day for food after paying rent and other fixed expenses, so they depend upon the free breakfast and lunch daily.

The county helps to support Serving Seniors’ efforts, and Roberts praised the organization’s impact on needy residents.

“They’re just getting by, so to have something like this really makes a difference,” said Roberts.

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