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Virtual Lunch n Learn – July

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: “Fighting Food Waste – Helping the Environment & Your Food Budget”Monday, July 27 at Noon Surprisingly, food waste contributes 10% of greenhouse gases. Food in our kitchens that is wasted often ends up in plastic garbage bags decomposing in landfills releasing methane gas. Methane is a much more potent contributor to global climate change than carbon dioxide. Importantly, food waste costs us money too. Join Cathy Segal to learn how to save money in your food budget with 5 simple strategies that reduce what we are throwing away in the trash. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center and is free and open to all. The session will be held live over Zoom. Please register so we can send you a link to attend. Click here to sign up:


Stay toned for our next Zoom Lunch n Learn – July

I am very happy to report that our first virtual Lunch n Learn was a great success. A great big thank you to Will from Washington Township Library for hosting and to Cathy Segal for another great presentation.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding our July Virtual Lunch n Learn


Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Ginny a wife, mom, grandmother, retired teacher from Long Valley Middle School and an active member of the Senior Resource Center in Chester wanted to do something to help first responders who were irritated by the elastic of face masks around their ears.  She saw a design for an extender which allows the elastic bands to attach, not to the ears,  but with a buttoned strip behind the head.  She began making them for family and friends, and when they were a hit, soon was making many more for workers at several hospitals in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Ginny said that this project has helped get her through this trying time, and it has surely helped others feel more comfortable and less stressed during their long hours of service.  She added that without the help of neighbors donating buttons and helping to sew them on the extenders she wouldn’t have been so successful in this joint effort.  We thank her for her acts of kindness.

Although Ginny does not have any more buttons to distribute completed extenders, she does have plenty crocheted strips.  If you or anyone you know would like the strips (buttons not included), please contact the Senior Resource Center in Chester at (908) 879-2202

In addition, please contact the Senior Resource Center if anyone would like to donate buttons, Ginny is in need of ¾ to 1 inch flat buttons.  


SRC staying together in a time of social distancing.

Hi All, as we are all dealing with the effects of the coronavirus, social distancing has become our “norm,” but here at the SRC distancing just feels unnatural.  The SRC has always rallied around each other during difficult times and these times are no different.  Let’s come together! 
We want to bring our SRC community together on social media and say THANK YOU to all those considered frontline workers: nurses, doctors, hospital staff, first responders, pharmacy staff, police officers, fire fighters, EMT’s, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, truck drivers, grocery employees.
If you would like to be involved, here’s how:

  • Take a picture or video of you and/or your family holding up a colorful and creative sign or saying a few words saying thank you to our healthcare and front line workers. 
  • Submit your photo/video to 
  • All photos/videos will be shared on our Facebook & Website.

Please help us say THANK YOU to all those who are helping us get through this!

Below is the very first photo submitted by Gay Carole and Arlene & Dave Klavens. Thank you all!


PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in Covid-19 Pandemic presented by Dr. Jeffrey Van Wingen.

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in Covid-19 Pandemic presented by Dr. Jeffrey Van Wingen from Michigan.


Important contact for Senior Assistance during the Coronavirus

Any request for senior assistance please contact the following….

Chester Township –  908-879-5100 ext: 390

Chester Borough –    908-879-3660 ext: 2128  or email at  or 973-876-3181


Washington Township

Local stores have begun to specify times for elderly and high risk individuals to shop safely.  Please visit township website for updates.

Target         Wednesday           8:00 AM – 9:00 AM     908-452-9251

Walmart     Tuesday                6:00 AM – 7:00 AM      908-979-9651

ShopRite – Chester   Daily      7:00 AM – 8:00 AM      908-879-5836


Need help picking up groceries???

Need help picking up groceries or your medication? Call 879-3660 ex. 2128 and leave a message with your need. Local assistance is available from volunteers. See attached message from Mayor Hoven with more information.
Municipality of the Borough of Chester
March 13 at 4:20 PM ·
To the Chester Senior Community,
Many of you have generously offered to assist our senior friends and neighbors in Chester by delivering groceries and medications to them. To facilitate this process, the Borough is working with the Chester/Mendham Food Pantry as the Food Pantry has a list of volunteers who will make these deliveries. If you are a senior or if you know a senior who will need assistance, please call 908-879-3660 ext. 2128 and leave a message with your need. This line is being monitored and the information will be shared with the Food Pantry. The Senior Bus has been temporarily suspended as it is best for the seniors to practice “social distancing.” If you are a senior and feel that you have an emergency situation, please call 911.  The Food Pantry is also working with CASH and offering the same service to our senior friends residing there. If you would like to volunteer to assist, please PM the Chester/Mendham Food Pantry.
Thank you all for being such a caring community.
Mayor Hoven

Executive Order includes specific support for New Jersey’s older residents.

This 3/18 Executive Order includes specific support for New Jersey’s older residents.

Municipality of the Borough of Chester

18 hrs

The Governor signed this executive order today:

NJ Human Services Works to Protect & Help Maintain Continued Benefits for Residents Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Actions Address Child care, Seniors, Homeless, Medicaid, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Disability Services
March 18, 2020

(TRENTON) – To protect the health and safety of the individuals we serve and help maintain vital social service benefits continue to do so, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today outlined steps the Department has taken to assist and protect those we serve amid the ongoing work to contain COVID-19.
“During these challenging times, Human Services is committed to continuing to protect and care for those across the state who depend on our critical services,” Commissioner Johnson said. “Human service providers are first responders in this crisis and the health and safety of those we and our community partners serve is our top priority. We’ve taken steps to offer assistance to child care providers so that they can remain open and continue to provide care; to make it easier for Medicaid beneficiaries to refill their prescriptions early and stock a 90-day supply of their maintenance medications; to protect older residents and individuals with developmental disabilities by moving swiftly to end congregate activities; and to create opportunities to help New Jerseyans receiving opioid use disorder treatment retain access to care. We’re going to continuously review our policies and services as the situation evolves and take all available action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”
Actions taken by the Department of Human Services include:
Supporting Individuals and Families with Children:
Child Care
Waiving parent co-pays in state’s child care subsidy for parents who request it due to impacts from COVID-19;

Providing an additional $100 per child per month to child care providers for children in the State child care subsidy program to help child care centers remain open during this critical time to support working parents, emergency and essential personnel; and
Making grant funding available to child care centers to support cleaning supplies or services.
Cash, Shelter and Food Assistance
Automatically extending for 60 days WorkFirst New Jersey cash assistance to individuals whose case is up for renewal in March or April;
Extending all Emergency Assistance cases through April 30;
Deeming the current state of emergency as a good cause exemption for the work requirements in WorkFirst New Jersey and SNAP and suspending all adverse actions for non-compliance;
Convening New Jersey food banks and community pantries to focus on preparedness planning and distribution; and
Working with homeless shelters to address cleaning and self-isolation policies.
NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid
Covering COVID-19 testing, visits for testing, and testing-related services at no cost;

Waiving costs for COVID-19 testing, visits for testing, and testing-related services in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
Covering 90-day supplies of prescriptions for maintenance medications and early refills of prescriptions in Medicaid and CHIP; and
Directing hospitals to waive cost sharing for uninsured individuals who are eligible for charity care for medically necessary testing and testing-related services for the COVID-19 virus.
Supporting Older Residents
Mobilizing nurse care managers at Medicaid health plans to call high risk populations to identify and address their critical needs including supplies such as durable medical equipment and food; Allowing older residents receiving prescription drugs through Medicaid or the state prescription drug assistance program (PAAD and Senior Gold) to refill their prescriptions early and receive 90-day supplies of maintenance medications;
Working with our county partners to ensure that those receiving home-delivered meals continue to have access to food;
Partnering with counties to end congregate dining in senior centers while helping to ensure that participants continue to have access to food; Working with counties to support telephone outreach to seniors known to be socially isolated;
Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth for routine visits, as appropriate;
Working closely with community and institutional providers to ensure resident needs are met; and Conducting telephonic outreach for our most vulnerable residents seeking enrollment in social service benefits.
Supporting Individuals with Disabilities:  Temporarily closing congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting this transition; Providing flexibility to families to quickly hire workers and working closely with program providers and direct support professionals during the closure; Releasing guidance for community providers of services to the developmentally disabled on COVID-19 preparedness; Keeping residents who are deaf or hard of hearing informed through American Sign Language videos, interpreters at State emergency response press conferences, and other activities; and
Conducting outreach to clients who depend on our Personal Assistance Service Program for individuals with physical disabilities and our Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to ensure needs are being met.  Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services:
Issue guidance to Opioid Treatment Programs, which provide essential medication such as methadone or buprenorphine to individuals with an opioid use disorder, on ensuring the safe provision of medication including take-home medication; Releasing guidance mental health and substance use disorder providers on preparedness and response, including ensuring continued access to services for individuals in need of services; and Working closely with community providers to identify and ensure needs are met.


Post from Old Mill Tavern

Old Mill Tavern (Chester, NJ)

As we’re offering delivery for take out food, we’d also like to offer the following. For anyone whose is older, at a high risk category or just wants to stay in their home with their family…. we’d be more than happy to deliver grocery items from Chester Shoprite.


First hour of shopping is reserved for Seniors at King’s super market.

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Volunteers Wanted

The Senior Resource Center (SRC) is always searching for community members interested in assisting with the daily operations of our great program.  Contact us here.


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(908) 879-2202
50 Route 24
Chester, NJ 07930
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