Christmas Day 2017

Last year’s free holiday dinner was served to 100 seniors and their families. In addition, HANDS prepared and delivered approximately 400 meals to older Vermonters on Christmas Day 2017.

HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) is once again offering a holiday dinner at the Elks Lodge or a delivered hot meal on Christmas Day. This is the 14th year HANDS is providing these free meals. This year’s efforts are in collaboration with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Elks Lodge, Penny Cluse Café, Temple Sinai, and organizer Michelle Charron.

The free holiday dinner will be held Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 925 North Avenue, Burlington. The event is open to the public. Seniors in need of transportation can call Megan Humphrey, HANDS executive director, at 802-864-7528 or email

There will be a special gathering at 1 p.m. for seniors, complete with live music by Roni Lesage and a fun raffle.

To reserve a free hot dinner, either ham or vegetarian lasagna, that will be delivered to a senior’s home, age 50 years and older, on Christmas Day anywhere in Chittenden County, call Age Well at 802-865-0360 by Dec. 20. After that date, call Megan Humphrey at 802-864-7528.

“For a variety of reasons, the need continues to rise among the seniors we serve,” said Humphrey. “We’ll be providing at least 500 meals and giftbags this year.”

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