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CRT hosted its first “Congregate Friendly Feud” on May 5, 2021, with a team of five from the Enfield Senior Center (Mark Twain) competing against a team from South Windsor. It was a close contest, but in the end Enfield prevailed, beating South Windsor by just 70 points!

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seniors that CRT serves in the Greater Hartford area through its Nutrition Department could gather at a congregate meal site (aka Community Cafe) – such as their local Senior Center – to partake of a hot, nutritious meal and to socialize with one another. While CRT has been able to provide nutritious “Grab-and-Go” meals to the seniors we serve during the course of this past year, COVID-19 has prevented them from receiving an extremely valuable component of our program: socialization in a group setting. This game was one of the first such opportunities in about a year.

This first event was a spirited competition, and CRT looks forward to hosting more of these games for seniors in our communities in the coming months.

All of the seniors involved had a wonderful time, and Scot Haney from WFSB News 3 was an incredible host – everyone loved having him with us!

CRT thanks the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Program for the grant to make these events possible.

After losing one of the trucks in its fleet of custom delivery vehicles last year due to an accident, CRT was proud to show its brand new Meals on Wheels truck, complete with red bow, for the first time. This vehicle and custom chassis that holds hot, nutritious meals for homebound seniors was purchased with the support of donations from the local community.

Fox 61’s Keith McGilvery and Margaux Farrell spoke with CRT’s Director of Nutrition, Gariann Chiarella, about the new truck and what it means to this vital program for seniors throughout Central Connecticut.