Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Homebound folks in the Smith River may soon be receiving one hot meal a day through the Del Norte Senior Center’s meals on wheels program.

Supervisor Chair Chris Howard the center has received additional funding allowing expansion of the program to areas outside Crescent City. He said the board has taken an active interest in the program over the last several years in the hopes it would move north into the Smith River area soon.

“It’s a great time for us to get on board and see if we can find some folks out there willing to participate in that program,” he said at the close of Tuesday’s board meeting.

Del Norte Senior Center Executive Director Charlaine Mazzei said the additional money came partly from Community Development Block Grant funding.

The program currently serves meals five days a week (excluding holidays) to areas in and around Crescent City. Each client receives one hot delivered meal per day.

Mazzei said her board is looking at the logistics of serving meals in the Smith River area, including the number of clients who could be served and the route drivers would need to take.

Mazzei said to qualify, one needs to be over 60, homebound and unable to cook their own meals.

“If you know anyone in Smith River, reach out to them, because it’s a very short list of qualifications to actually participate in the program,” Howard said.

For more information about the program, call 707-464-3069 and ask for the nutrition coordinator or go online to for menus.