Stephenville’s Parks and Leisure Services Department announced on Wednesday, May 20 that the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center will be providing activity packets and a drive through luncheon to seniors starting June 5.

Both the activity packets and luncheon are provided by the Texas Food Insecurity and Depression (TFID) grant, funded through Texas Health Resources and received by Tarleton State University, College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

The activity packets will contain information, fun facts, word searches/crossword puzzles and announcements.

The packets will be mailed out weekly to seniors 55 and older who do not have access to social media.

“The staff has updated the Stephenville Senior Citizen Facebook page. Now, we are able to reach more seniors online and offline. Since we have been closed, we have missed the daily connection to our seniors,” Jennifer Basham, parks and leisure services director wrote in the press release. “Check out our Facebook page for virtual tours, copies of the activity package, a weekly cooking video and announcements.”

The curbside/drive through luncheon will take place on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. starting June 5.

Seniors 55 and older are eligible to receive the free meal, but must be present when accepting the meal.

Staff will deliver the meals to the vehicles. Seniors are asked to not exit or park their vehicle.

Seniors must enter the parking lot off of McNeill at the entry point and exit off of Graham.

“We are part of the TFID grant funding and through that funding is ways to fight isolation with seniors and of course, we can’t bring them together right now at the facility because they are such an at-risk population, so we’re able to utilize that grant funding to provide those activities to seniors to help them combat isolation, depression and food insecurity,” Basham said. “We’ve benchmarked with a lot of other communities to try to figure out how they’re still providing programming to seniors and this funding has allowed us to be able to provide those [for our seniors].”

To ensure a meal, call the center at 254-918-1288 by Wednesday before 12 p.m. Otherwise, the staff will serve meals until they run out.

The menu for the June meals are:

•June 5 – Spaghetti, green beans and dessert

•June 12 – Beef Enchilada, Spanish rice, and dessert

•June 19 – Stroganoff, corn and dessert

•June 26 – Smothered chicken, baked beans and dessert

Menu and time are subject to change.