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Senior nutrition site reopens at the Ocean County Southern Service Center

Members of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, Community Services Inc., Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and a host of others recently joined to celebrate the reopening of the Ocean County Senior Nutrition Site at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main Street in Stafford Township.

“When we opened this Senior Nutrition Site in 2019, nobody imagined having to shut it down a year later due a global pandemic,” said Ocean County Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as Chairman of Ocean County Senior Services, in a statement. “It’s important that our seniors can once again travel and socialize, and we are happy to provide a location for them to do so.”

Called the Community Café, senior citizens can come to share a meal, participate in on-site activities and socialize once again, following a two-year closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Community Café not only serves hot and nutritious meals five days a week, but it also serves as a place to spend time with friends and family,” said James G. Sigurdson, Executive Director of Community Services Inc., in a statement. “We are grateful for the ongoing and generous support of the County Commissioners, the Office of Senior Services, our many community partners, and dedicated staff who contribute to our success.”

The Community Café is available to Ocean County residents who are 60 years of age or older, can provide transportation to and from the site, and can take care of themselves while at the site. No payment is required but each participant has the opportunity to make a $2 donation towards the cost of the meal. To reserve a spot, residents can call 609-978-6866.

Each weekday a different hot lunch is served and all menus are approved by a qualified nutritionist and are planned to provide at least one third of the recommended daily dietary allowance set by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Community Café also offers physical activities, arts and crafts, educational programs, health screenings and musical guest as well.

“Community Services Inc. and Meals on Wheels of Ocean County continue to provide for our senior residents whether providing hot meals at our nutrition sites, or by providing over 1,000 home delivered meals to homebound residents,” said the Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners John P. Kelly, in a statement. “I want to thank the Office of Senior Services for their hard work with Community Services Inc. for the success of this program.”

For more information on the Community Café and Meals on Wheels program, visit