Senior Connections receives Packers Foundation grant

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Senior Connections, the designated Aging Unit for Douglas County, was awarded a $3,500 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation.

The grant will assist Senior Connections in funding its "Campus Café" senior meal site hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjacket Union.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has been giving back to Wisconsin's communities since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of Green Bay Packers Inc. "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity." It is a component of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the community outreach initiative.

This year almost 300 nonprofit organizations applied for funding through the foundation, of which approximately 218 received funding, totaling over $800,000.

Senior Connections, in partnership with Chartwells, started Campus Café at Yellowjacket Union in February, serving evening meals Monday through Friday. Starting in September the site operates 4-5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with brunch served 10-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Since starting the program in February Campus Café has served over 8,100 meals to more than 3,300 individual diners.

Nobody over the age of 60 will be refused a meal at any of Senior Connections' dining sites for an inability to contribute towards their meal. The requested contribution rate at Campus Cafe is $6 per meal.

Deputy Director Luann Teige said "this grant is certainly helpful," but it is vitally "important that we continue to receive contributions from our diners" to continue this program.

"While Senior Connections' senior nutrition program is funded, in part by federal monies (through the Older Americans Act), county monies and diner contributions, the Packers Foundation Grant will further assist us in continuing this popular program," said Executive Director Chad La Lor.

For information about Campus Cafe, including menus, go to seniorconnectionswi.org.