While The Landing, senior activity center at the Woodson YMCA- Wausau Branch, remains closed it is still serving adults in our community. Lunch to Go launched in June and staff have shopped for and prepared weekly meals for curbside pick-up each Wednesday since then.

The smell of bacon filled the YMCA lobby in preparation for a recent BLT lunch menu in July. It’s one less day a week that members have to worry about cooking. They drive up to the side door at The Landing and voilà, pork sliders, fresh greens, bean tostadas or burgers ordered in advance are ready to eat!

“Food brings people together,” said The Landing Engagement Associate, Jeanne Emerson. “It was just a way of remaining connected with us and keeping their connection with the Landing going.”

Cooking demonstrations, holiday meals and member potlucks always drew crowds when The Landing was open. The center had held presentations from area restaurants and home bakers. Operations & Development Director Kate Florek explored ways to keep sharing with members by taping herself cooking favorite recipes in her home kitchen for online viewing. Then staff decided to launch their first pick-up lunch with a Farmers' Market Lunch to Go on June 10th.

Everyone does a portion of the work behind the scenes: order taking, food shopping and prep work, cooking and packaging. The recipes are a group effort. Lunch pick-up is averaging about 45 meals each week. Emerson said goal has also been to keep the meal cost affordable; most lunches are priced at $5.

Members are also still connecting virtually with The Landing through weekly Coffee Talks, chatting with staff members on Zoom. Emerson said they talk about books they’re reading, what they’re doing (or not doing), you name it.

To stay up to date on other virtual program offerings or future menus for Lunch to Go, visit The Landing Wausau on Facebook. Reservations are made via email at [email protected]


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