“I am so glad I joined the Diners Clubs because I get a chance to fellowship with others and get information about things that we as seniors need to know.”

The Congregate Meals Program, which we call “Diners Clubs,” began in the 1970’s for seniors who are not homebound and who would benefit from getting together with others. Diners meet at a central location to enjoy an interesting activity or program, a hot nutritious lunch, and the company of others. There is no cost, but donations are accepted.

Diners enjoy hot lunches plus:

  • Meet old and new friends
  • Enjoy recreational activity
  • Gain information about health, social security, Medicare, housing, legal matters, food stamps, additional income and other programs and service in the community through educational programs at each meeting.
  • Annual holiday party with entertainment and gifts
  • Transportation may be provided in most locations.

Menus are planned quarterly for a 4-week cycle to offer variety and stimulate the appetite. Each menu is analyzed to determine that all meals contain 1/3 of the current DRI as determined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science. Menus are approved by a registered dietitian. Each meal contains a 3 ounce entree, 2 servings of vegetables and/or fruit, bread, butter, milk and dessert.

How to Become Involved

Maybe you are a caregiver for an elderly parent or other senior citizen. Maybe you know someone else who might be eligible for Diners Club. If so, give us a call at LOA. We’ll be glad to take it from there!

Call LOA in Roanoke at (540) 345-0451 or in the Alleghany Highlands at (540) 962-0465.

“I have really enjoyed going to the meetings and meeting people of my own age. And the people that work with us are really caring and lovable people.”