Meals on Wheels restaurant program now available in west bay


Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has expanded its Senior Restaurant Program to other areas of the state. While the program has historically been available at three locations in Providence, now seniors can visit restaurants in other cities throughout Rhode Island.

“Seniors outside of Providence have told us they wanted options in their cities,” said Pauline Asprinio, nutrition director. “I am so happy to be able to offer them their choice of great restaurants.”

She said, on average, 100 seniors participate in the program monthly. She said the program provides a good opportunity for seniors to socialize and get out.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s Restaurant Program is open to seniors, aged 60 and older, in the state of R.I. The Congregate Nutrition Program began the initiative in 2007 and its popularity continues to grow with many seniors enjoying the delicious, quality restaurant meals while socializing with their friends and loved ones.

Under the program, for a suggested donation of $5, the senior obtains a voucher to take to the participating restaurant of their choice. The restaurant will offer a variety of meal options that meet healthy nutrition standards. The participating restaurants include Newport Creamery locations, excluding Barrington, Middletown and Newport; the IHOP Restaurants in both Warwick and Providence; and the Friendship Café located at 500 Broad St. in Providence.

To learn more or to obtain a voucher, visit the Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island office located at 70 Bath Street, Providence or contact Pauline Asprinio at 351-6700 or


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