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Congregate Meals Offer Healthy Eating and Socialization

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Siler, Brenda C

There are several ways to tackle hunger in among the elderly in Washington, DC. Here is Murelda's story.

Murelda Gass has family in Santo Domingo, Honduras and Jamaica.  She’s been in the U.S. for nearly 45 years and has been retired for eight of those years.  She teaches at a wellness center and likes sitting down to socialize and exchange ideas with the people who come every day for a hot meal.  It’s part of the “Congregate Meals Program.”  You have to be a D.C. resident, age 60 or older and sign up at the employment center to have a meal once a day.  For Murelda, staying home is not an option. “Sharing a meal is part of living and part of giving.”

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This story was written by AARP DC Communications volunteer Rocci Fisch

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