Older adults in the Cedar Rapids area have a new option for finding meals while senior centers are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Encore Café – the award-winning pop-up café for older adults – will transition to offering frozen meal pickups starting next week.
Heritage Area Agency on Aging and partner organizations Horizons and HACAP are teaming up to fill the gap created by the mandatory closure of senior centers and congregate dining programs across the state. The Encore Café meal pickups will take place twice per week and provide each eligible senior (adults ages 60 and older) with five frozen meals produced at Horizons.
Shelf-stable food boxes provided by HACAP will also be available at the meal pickups.
The program starts March 24, 2020, and will run until normal Encore Café operations can resume. The pickup details are:
- Tuesdays at St Marks UMC, 4700 Johnson Ave NW. Participants should enter via Johnson Ave.
- Thursdays at Marion Public Library’s vacant lot across 11th St. Participants should enter via 11th St.
Pickup times are assigned by the first letter of the participant’s last name and will be confirmed when the reservation is made
- A – F from 11:30 am – 11:50 am
- G – M from 11:50 am – 12:10 pm
- N – Z from 12:10 pm – 12:30 pm
Reservations are required by 1:00 p.m. the day prior to pickup to ensure enough meals are available. Reservations can be made by calling Becky Briggs at (319) 398-2585.
Upon arrival at the pickup locations, Heritage staff will confirm the reservation and place meals in the driver’s car to minimize physical interaction.