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New Bill Allows Senior Centers to Apply for Liquor Licenses

Governor Jay Inslee signed SB5310 on March 27, 2014, which allows senior centers in the State of Washington to apply of an annual liquor license for activities at the Center. “We raise significant funds for senior center activities through our events,” said Karen Sisson, director of the Senior Center of West Seattle. “This is a wonderful opportunity to appeal to even wider audiences and invite additional community members to be part of our work.”

Left to right: Jeremy Mohn, Leg. Aide to Senator Nelson; Karen Sisson, Exec. Dir SCWS; Governor Jay Inslee; Colleen Barnes, Board member SCWS; Yoshi Kumara, Leg. Aide to Joe Fitzgibbon; Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 36th District.

Walmart Partners with Senior Services to Ensure No Senior Experiences Hunger

As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger.  

As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger.

"Walmart is thrilled to partner with Senior Services and their Meals on Wheels program, helping them to raise awareness of senior hunger," said Madeleine Havener, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Walmart in the Northwest. "We're proud to play a part in helping to keep older adults healthy and connected within their community."

Senior Services strives to ensure that no senior experiences hunger. They do this through their Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs as well as referrals to other agencies and food banks. For many, meals are also an opportunity to socialize with other seniors at the senior center or with the delivery driver.

Meals on Wheels offers frozen home-delivered meals for older persons who are unable to leave their home to shop or prepare nutritious meals. The meals are prepared with the special dietary needs of seniors in mind and are adaptable to a variety of special diets. Complete nutritional information is available upon request.  Meals are packaged in trays that can be placed either in the microwave or in the conventional oven.


“We are extraordinarily grateful to Walmart for this generous gift,” said Paula Houston, Senior Services CEO. “Meals on Wheels makes it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. This $100,000 will provide nearly 20,000 meals for vulnerable seniors in King County.”


Walmart made this announcement and presented the check for $100,000 to senior services during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Walmart Renton grand reopening of its newly expanded store on April 9, 2014. The grand re-opening celebration also included the presentation of grants to local community groups including: Centro Familiar, The Way Back Inn, The 21 Club, Renton River Days, The City of Renton 4th of July event and The First Tee of Greater Seattle.

Mayors March for Meals

Meals on Wheels started an exciting new collaboration with local city governments to raise awareness about senior hunger.

City officials Suzette Cooke, Mayor of the City of Kent, Skip Priest, Mayor of the City of Federal Way, Don Persson, Councilmember of the City of Renton, and Nancy Backus, Deputy Mayor of the City of Auburn, joined Meals on Wheels volunteers and helped them deliver nutritious meals to seniors in their local communities.

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We “trained” the city officials how to follow the procedure for placing orders and delivering meals. They learned how to check menu requests and pull meal orders from the inventory, and had a chance to meet with our clients and find out in person what Meals on Wheels meant to those seniors who are too frail to leave their homes and prepare meals for themselves. Everyone was impressed by the depth of the process, and enjoyed the welcoming reception by our clients.

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Thank you, Mayor Cooke, Mayor Priest, Councilmember Persson, and Deputy Mayor Backus for supporting our seniors and helping Meals on Wheels carry out its important mission in the community!

Destigmatizing Dementia: "We're Still Here!"

Instead of hiding their disease, a group of people with early onstage Alzheimer’s disease celebrate life with it. Read the article.

An Aging Husband’s Burden Eased: Seattle Times 2013 Fund for the Needy

With his wife’s dementia, a man’s role is changing from husband to caregiver, but Senior Services helps him cope. Read the article.

Family Vitality Found at Diverse Southeast Seattle Senior Center: Seattle Times 2012 Fund for the Needy

Around Seattle and King County, Senior Services helps thousands of older adults stay healthy and find community through activities and classes at seven senior centers, as well as other services. Read the article.

Helping Those Who Need Food, Shelter is Round-The-Clock Work: Seattle Times 2012 Fund for the Needy

It's pitch black at 6:30 a.m., as Fai Mathews, dodging puddles on the sidewalk, slips her key into the door of a nondescript warehouse below the Spokane Street Viaduct, already rumbling with the morning commute. Over the next few hours, Mathews will list, pack and deliver 134 of the 374,000 frozen meals Senior Services will take to homebound seniors in King County this year. Read the article.

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For the Media

Important stories involving seniors arise almost every day in our community. Senior Services is an expert source that can answer questions and provide information for those in the media. If you are a member of the press and have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Karen L. Bystrom
Director, Marketing and Communications
(206) 727-6209
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