Lunch Program Brings “Life” To Chimayo Community Center


February 17th marked an important day for District One residents as Commissioner Barney Trujillo hosted the Grand Opening for the Senior Lunch Program at La Arboleda Community Center in Chimayo. “I believe implementing this program, in this particular area, is very important because senior residents now have a center they can call their own,” Commissioner Trujillo said. “Our older generation needs to be well-taken care of and I am proud that Rio Arriba County can be a part of that.”

The event, which offered free food, informational booths and music, was centered around providing seniors with resources and information geared towards maintaining their health and senior-focused community involvement. About 200 guests listened to County representatives, as well as former County Commissioner Elias Coriz, speak about the benefits that having an active senior center, will bring to the community. “You, our seniors, are the pillars of the community,” said County Assistant Manager David Trujillo to the crowd. “What better people to add life to this center, than you all.”

Amongst the guest speakers was also Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Catherine D. Torres, who spoke to the community about the importance of maintaining health by taking advantage of programs that offer free services such as vaccines. She urged seniors to be aware of the dangers that come with contracting the flu and advised them to be proactive when addressing their well-being. Torres also brought along with her, several hundred vaccines to give away free to the senior guests. “This is such a great turn out,” said Torres. “ We are so happy to be a part of an event like this and look forward to being part of many more health fairs to come, within your community.”

According to Marie Gutierrez, the County Senior Department Assistant Director, senior lunches will be immediately available on February 20th. The Arboleda Community Center will be open from Mondays through Fridays, with lunches served promptly at 11AM. Seniors, 60 years and older eat free, but are asked to donate $1 per meal, if they choose to do so. The public can also eat at La Arboleda Community Center for $8.68 per meal.

-Erika L. Martinez, February 2012