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The Nutrition Project for the Elderly is an offshoot of the Older Americans Act, which provides for many of the needs of the elderly in the United States. One of these needs was determined to be nutrition. Our agency provides older Mercer County residents with nutritionally balanced and appetizing meals that are served in centers that bring people together for activities and social contact, which are important aspects of everyone’s life.

Anyone 60 years of age or older, or anyone married to a person 60 years or older, may participate. Each person is asked to donate whatever he or she chooses or our suggested donation of $1. Each person's privacy is respected, and donations are confidential.

Our caterer prepares a complete lunch each day that includes an appetizer, main entree, vegetables, bread, beverage, and dessert. All meals are specifically planned to provide at least one-third of an older person's daily nutritional needs by a qualified nutritionist. Attached is the June 2018 menu.

The Nutrition Project also provides other services including nutrition education/nutrition counseling and other health, educational and recreational programs. Activities include card playing and bingo.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, although sites are closed on County and/or municipal holidays. Emergencies or inclement weather may cause nutrition sites to close. Every attempt to reach participants will be made. Go to www.mercercounty.org for closure announcements.

Transportation is available to many of our sites by the County’s TRADE service. Call the Nutrition Office at 609-989-6650 for information for assistance or for door-to-door transportation.

Below is the list of participating nutrition sites listed in alphabetical order by city/municipality:

East Windsor site
East Windsor Senior Center
40 Lanning Boulevard
East Windsor, NJ 08520

Ewing site
Hollowbrook Community Center
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638

Hamilton sites
Bernice C. Muha Senior Center
409 Cypress Lane
Hamilton, NJ 08619

John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Service Center
169 Wilfred Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610

Lawrence site
Lawrence Township Senior Center
30 Darrah Lane East
Lawrence, NJ 08648

Pennington/Hopewell site
Hopewell Valley Senior Center
395 Reading Avenue
Pennington, NJ 08534

Trenton sites
Jennye W. Stubblefield Senior Center
301 Prospect Street
Trenton, NJ 07618

Reading Senior Citizens Center
15 Ringold Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Samuel Naples Senior Center
611 Chestnut Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611

South Ward Senior Center
870 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08611

Robbinsville site
Robbinsville Township Senior Center
1117 Route 130
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

The Nutrition Project for the Elderly also participates in the Senior Farmer's Market Program, which was developed to provide low-income seniors with checks they can use to purchase fresh produce grown by New Jersey farmers. The Mercer County Nutrition Project for the Elderly is the lead agency and coordinator in Mercer County for the program. Eligibility checks are age and income based. Income criteria varies annually. Call 609-989-6650 for more information.

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