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ARDC Expands Senior Dining Sites

Through its recently expanded elder nutrition program, the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County offers seniors more meal options than ever.

Those older than 60 can now enjoy a hot meal at – or take one home from – one of five dining sites in the county: Baileys Harbor, Liberty Grove, Brussels, Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay. Previously, the main meal site in Sturgeon Bay was the only one offering dine-in meals. 

Similarly, Meals on Wheels, a meal-delivery program for seniors, was available only in the Sturgeon Bay area, but it now serves seniors up and down the county. The Baileys Harbor location is the only one that does not offer meal delivery, but Jennifer Fitzgerald, ADRC of Door County’s assistant director, hopes the program will be in operation there soon. 

Though ADRC of Door County expanded its program in January, many people remain unaware of the change, Fitzgerald said.

“We miss being busy like we used to be,” she said. “We want that hustle and bustle back.” 

She thinks membership will slowly increase as more people realize the meal programs are still in operation.

The Sturgeon Bay dining site is the largest, serving as many as 60 people daily – and 120 people daily pre-pandemic. It also delivers 70-85 meals per day to the surrounding area.

The Baileys Harbor site is the most active satellite site, serving about 25 people daily. The Brussels, Liberty Grove and Washington Island sites serve smaller groups whose numbers fluctuate week to week.

As well as serving seniors nutritious food, dining sites allow them to visit with old friends and make new ones, both during the meal and at daily on-site programs, Fitzgerald said. 

For seniors who can’t make it to a dining site, meal deliveries still provide an opportunity to socialize.

“Meals on Wheels is not just a meal,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s also a check-in.”

During their deliveries, volunteers make sure their clients are staying healthy – a huge relief for families of seniors who do not live in the area, according to Fitzgerald.

“It also helps keep people in their homes for as long as possible,” she said. 

The program wouldn’t exist without the help of volunteers who prepare meals at the Sturgeon Bay site and deliver them to satellite locations and clients’ homes. If you’re interested in volunteering, complete the form at adrcdoorcounty.org/volunteer.

To request a meal delivery or reserve a spot at a dining site, call 920.746.2523 Monday-Friday, 24 hours in advance. Reservations are required for all dining sites except the Sturgeon Bay location. A $5 donation to support the program is suggested but not required.

Find out more about the dining sites and food-delivery options at adrcdoorcounty.org/services/elder-nutrition-program.

Door County Dining Sites

Baileys Harbor: Town Hall

2392 Cty F, Baileys Harbor

Serving Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 pm.

Liberty Grove: Town Hall

11161 Old Stage Road, Sister Bay

Serving Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12 pm.

Deliveries are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11 am and 1 pm.

Southern Door: Brussels Community Center

1366 Junction Road, Brussels

Serving Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 pm.

Deliveries are available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 am and 1 pm.

Sturgeon Bay: ADRC

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)/Door County Community Center

916 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay

Phone: 920.746.2372

Serving hot meals Monday-Friday at 12 pm; also serving a soup and salad bar Monday-Friday.

Deliveries are available Monday-Friday between 11 am and 1 pm.

Washington Island: Community Center 

910 Main Road, Washington Island 

Serving Mondays, Wednesdays and the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 12 pm.

Deliveries are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11 am and 1 pm.

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