Pennsylvania Department of Aging Congratulates Two Senior Centers for Innovative Work in Nutrition and Energy Savings

Oct 15, 2010, 13:58 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Aging

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today recognized the Schoolhouse Center in Folsom, Delaware County, and the Plum Senior Community Center in Allegheny County, for efforts to provide nutritious food and creatively promote energy savings.

"Senior centers and nutrition sites play key roles in the day-to-day lives of many older Pennsylvanians. Providing healthy food, innovative programs and efficient operations immensely add to the success of our centers," said Secretary of Aging John Michael Hall. "These two centers are excellent examples of using creative planning to add value to the programs they offer."

The Schoolhouse Center used a grant from Coming of Age, a support organization for seniors, and the Intergenerational Center of Temple University to launch the "Go Green in the Golden Years" initiative. It created a more energy-efficient building, and implemented recycling programs and energy audits. Over a year's time, it is estimated that the center will save up to $1,800 through these practices.

The Plum Senior Community Center used a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to create the Green Plum Farmer's Market, which sells fresh, locally-grown foods. The center sells the produce under outdoor tents, creating easy access for seniors and other community members – rain or shine.

The two centers were highlighted for outstanding programs following a request for best practices stories at the department's Nutrition Summit and Senior Center Summit last year. The winning centers will receive free registration to upcoming conferences.    

For more information on the Department of Aging, visit or call 717-783-1549.

Media contact: Jane Crawford, 717-783-1549

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging