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Shasta Senior Nutrition Program History & Accomplishments

1979

Began serving Congregate Meals, Meals on Wheels and providing Transportation services to senior citizens in Shasta and Trinity County

1980

Incorporated as a non-profit affiliate of Mercy Medical Center, Redding

1981

Moved into Andersons Festebord on South Market Street and began central kitchen preparation of meals for five SSNP Dining Centers and all Meals on Wheels customers.

1982

Began operation of a Brown Bag food distribution program for low-income elderly in Shasta County

1983

Began serving low-income families through distributions of surplus USDA Commodities. (Currently titled: The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP)

1984

Designated as official Shasta County Food Bank

1985

Opened a pilot satellite dining center in Happy Valley.  Operated for 3 years

1986

Relocated Central Valley dining facility to the C.V. Senior & Community Center on Median Avenue

Moved Redding operations into Multipurpose Senior Center at 1205 Court

Became a training site for “Welfare to Work” programs such as GAIN, PIC, Cal Works

Became a work site for Shasta County Probation Work Alternative Program

Instituted Kitchen Training for Shasta County High School ROP Students

1987

Began an Emergency Food program that provides a three day supply of food to low income families in emergency situations

1988

Began two year operation of Demand Response Transit System for mobility impaired individuals in Redding & Shasta Lake

1989

Was awarded NANASP Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Meals on Wheels Practices & Procedures

Became a member of Second Harvest Food Bank and began coordinating bulk food purchases for local food lockers

1991

Relocated Burney Central Kitchen & Dining Center to the Burney Community Center, co-locating with youth and teen programs

1993

Began providing catered meals to Golden Umbrella Dining Center and G.U. Adult Day Health Care Program

1994

Began providing catered meals to Golden Umbrella Dining Center and G.U. Adult Day Health Care Program.

1996

Catered meals to Pit River Health Services Adults in Burney begins
Relocated Anderson Senior Dining Center to Frontier Senior Center
Exercise program for seniors funded by CHW

1997

Awarded ANPP Outstanding Non Profit Organization of 1997
Began catered meals to Pit River Health Services Youth Program in Burney
Designated as the Shasta County CTSA, Consolidated Transportation Service Agency, providing transit for seniors age 60 and people with disabilities who cannot use conventional services
Expanded Meals on Wheels delivery area to include Palo Cedro

1998

Was awarded Shasta County’s first collaborative 5310 State Grant for the purchase of three wheelchair lift vans to be used by SSNP, Golden Umbrella and Shascade
Instituted computer training classes at SSNP Dining Centers

1999

Received NANASP Golden Apple Award for Community Partnering and Senior Services provided

Awarded Active Aging Grant in collaboration with the City of Anderson Senior Programs to promote and institute a self-supervised exercise program as a health benefit and chronic illness prevention measure for sedentary individuals aged 50 and older

Awarded Collaborative Grant for Disease Prevention/Health Promotion, with Nurses from Mercy Medical Center, Redding who provided Cholesterol Testing and conducted a mini health assessment for frail elderly shut-ins

2000

Moved Programs and Administrative Offices to New Facility on Mercy Oaks Campus

2001

Instituted monthly “Special Recognition Project” for Meals on Wheels Customers

Began Evening Commodity Distribution for working families

2002

Received III-D funding to establish Disease Prevention & Wellness Information room at Redding facility         VISTA Entrepreneur Program for Fund Development of Meals on Wheels Program

Received  R.T.S.G.P.funding for four mini buses

2003

Website Launched

Second Year of VISTA Entrepreneur Program

2004

Meals on Wheels Benefactor Circle Established Board Restructure, Combined SSNP & GU membership

Burney Facility Refurbishing Project Completed

2005

Expanded Brown Bag Program into Siskiyou County

Selected by CAL Act to conduct Transportation Workshops at Redding Center

Began “Free” Senior Beauty Shop with volunteer retired Cosmetologists at Redding Center

Awarded two Section 5310 Mini Busses

2006

Expanded Brown Bag Program into Siskiyou County

Selected by CAL Act to conduct Transportation Workshops at Redding Center

Began “Free” Senior Beauty Shop with volunteer retired Cosmetologists at Redding Center

Awarded two Section 5310 Mini Busses

2007

Opened Gift Shop at Redding Center

Awarded two Section 5310 Mini busses

Purchased two replacement “Hot Shot” Meal delivery vehicles

2008

Volunteer group established in Burney to deliver Meals on Wheels to qualified customers in the Fall River,  McArthur area

VISTA Program Trainee assigned to SSNP Meals on Wheels

2009

Began informal partnership with Shasta Adult Education to provide onsite educational opportunities such as computer courses, history and fitness classes for seniors at the SSNP Mercy Oaks Facility

Served Shingletown & Happy Valley Congregate Meals twice monthly with ARRA Funding

Received a first time award from The California Wellness Foundation for support of the Congregate and Home Delivered Meal Programs, for fiscal years 2009-2012

2010

Began informal partnership with Shasta Adult Education to provide onsite educational opportunities such as computer courses, history and fitness classes for seniors at the SSNP Mercy Oaks Facility

Served Shingletown & Happy Valley Congregate Meals twice monthly with ARRA Funding

Received a first time award from The California Wellness Foundation for support of the Congregate and Home Delivered Meal Programs, for fiscal years 2009-2012

2011

Continued serving 5 days per week in all SSNP service areas

Received a grant through 211 for AVL equipment for SSNP transit vehicles to monitor routes and help serve seniors more effectively

Worked in conjunction with local donors such as Trader Joe’s and WalMart to provide supplemental food items to low income elderly

2012

Awarded MOWAA Building the Future grant for establishment/operation of a rural home delivered route in the Cassel area

Awarded Shasta Regional Community Foundation grant for purchase of equipment necessary for Cassel delivery route

Received two 5310 grant buses for Transportation Program

Awarded New Freedom Grant to begin a pilot “Feeder” Transit service from the Shingletown, Millville, Palo Cedro area

Through cost saving measures was able to purchase long needed training equipment for multiple SSNP programs

2013

Awarded MOWAA Building the Future grant for establishment/operation of a rural home delivered route in the Cassel area

Awarded Shasta Regional Community Foundation grant for purchase of equipment necessary for Cassel delivery route

Received two 5310 grant buses for Transportation Program

Awarded New Freedom Grant to begin a pilot “Feeder” Transit service from the Shingletown, Millville, Palo Cedro area

Through cost saving measures was able to purchase long needed training equipment for multiple SSNP programs