The Ferndale Senior Center
Volunteers from The Family Meals Project visit the Ferndale Senior Center on Thursdays each week. Wellness activities, inspired by suggestions from previous sessions, are planned and presented in a fun, care-free setting where everyone is encouraged to share ideas. Here are some examples of activities we love and you could do in your neck of the woods.
Week 1: Crock-pot & One-skillet Meals Day Electric skillets and slow cookers are perfect tools for cooks wanting simple meals that use just a few ingredients, are easy to prepare and easy to clean up. But, the best advantage is being able to cook once for several meals.
During these sessions, we provide some of the ingredients needed to put a meal together. Slow cookers are available for check out and participants can start assembling their own creation in class then take the cooker home to finish the meal.The best part of these sessions is the ‘sharing of ideas’ as we talk about menu planning, using spices and the health benefits of cooking from scratch with real food.
Week 2: Garden Club During the growing season we meet to plant and grow veggies in the Friendship Community Garden and hoop house. Harvesting and cooking ideas abound as we share ideas and build friendships. In the winter months we plan on shopping together and share recipes while we “divey up” boxes of produce from the Grocery Outlet, food bank and Cash & Carry Smart Food Service.
Week 3: Play “Name That Price” Seniors and guests work as a team to guess the prices of food and discuss their nutritional value. This is great time to share ideas about using “Food as Medicine,” play an exciting game and earn food to take home. You can learn more about the game “Name That Price” in our Resources section. Feel free to copy our game poster and do the activity in your Center or with your family.
Week 4: Make something When possible we’ll have the materials ready for you to put together things like nutritious spice mixes, substitution charts and tortilla presses. Ideas come from your suggestions and the sky is the limit as far as we are concerned. Then you get to take them home.
Follow our posts and see how we organize each activity. We’ll include a guide for hosting your own activities.