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Serving Lunch to Seniors Since 1972

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La Comida Mission and History

Our Mission Statement:
La Comida de California is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing appetizing, nutritious and affordable lunch to seniors who live locally, and to enriching their lives by creating a cheerful, socially stimulating atmosphere while they dine.

"The hostess who seats us and the volunteers who serve are such pleasant, welcoming people."
History of La Comida
La Comida was started by the Rotary Club of Palo Alto and was incorporated in 1972 as the first lunch program for seniors in the county.  Two years later federal funding for this program became available through the Older Americans Act.  La Comida applied to the federal government for funding to continue its operations and was accepted.  Thus La Comida became the first congregate senior nutrition site in Santa Clara County to manage its program under the auspices of the Council on Aging.
            Meals were first served in the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church at the corner of Hamilton and Waverly Avenues.  Later, the kitchen at the Senior Center (now Avenidas) was outfitted with the help of federal funds.  The Rotary Club of Palo Alto raised approximately $80,000 to construct and furnish a dining room as an addition to the Senior Center, which is located in the former Police and Fire Services building, a beautiful Spanish revival structure on Bryant Street in downtown Palo Alto.