Sadly, the Columbia Senior Diners (CSD) discontinued in-house dining and deliveries at the Astoria Senior Center at the end of August, 2022. The Northwest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS) nonprofit is now assisting the ASC and is responsible for lunch deliveries to seniors' homes. You can read more in an article from The Astorian about the CSD closure.
The Astoria Senior Center does allow its members to bring lunches into the center and enjoy one another's company during the lunch hour.
Here's a little background on the CSD: In 1973, the Diners received non-profit status. The founding mission was to provide reasonably priced lunches to seniors while they enjoyed the opportunity for conversation and socialization. For almost 50 years, the nonprofit has provided seniors a safe space to mingle and have lunches with one another.
The current feasibility of low cost, delicious lunches was accomplished by volunteer staff that served, washed dishes and ran the organization on a daily basis. In 2019, many hard-working volunteers contributed their time to serve almost 6,000 meals in the dining room and another 3,500 delivered lunches to seniors unable to leave their homes. That is a total of 9,500 meals enjoyed by seniors in our community.
The aging demographics of Clatsop County created challenges that Columbia Senior Diners addressed by supporting seniors to live healthy, independent and socially richer relationships and lives. The CSD could no longer sustain its nonprofit business model, so it was with heavy hearts that we announced the diner closing at the end of August, 2022.
Questions? Please call the Astoria Senior Center at (503) 325-3231.
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