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Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club to Host Meal in Sunderland on Jan. 12

GREENFIELD — As members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the Rainbow Elders of LifePath share time together that is social, recreational, supportive, and educational in nature, and which offers the option of sharing resources and opportunities to engage in advocacy.

Each month, the Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club provides a hot noontime meal to LGBTQIA+ people 60 years of age and older, their friends, and any supportive members of the public at large. Elders can be joined for lunch by their spouse of any age or an individual with a disability who lives in the same household as the elder.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, a meal and conversation will be hosted at the accessible South County Senior Center space at 22 Amherst Road in Sunderland. Attendees are welcome to arrive by noon, and food will be served around 12:30 p.m.

HEPA air purifiers will be in use, and windows can be opened if needed. Organizers will provide test kits, masks, and hand sanitizer, but won’t inquire about vaccination status. Individuals are asked to monitor their health in advance by testing (if possible) and staying home if they do not feel well. Mask wearing will be encouraged, except when eating or drinking.

The lunch will include beverages, hot soup (roasted red pepper and tomato), and a meal that will be provided by LifePath’s Nutrition Program. The menu will include tortellini and turkey salad, beet and onion salad, broccoli salad, milk, and bread. LifePath can provide alternate menu items if they are requested in advance and obtainable. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch.

Register by the end of the day Sunday, Jan. 8 by clicking here. A suggested voluntary donation for those 60 years and over will be $3. For those younger than 60, $8 is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.