Dongying 'one-yuan' restaurant warms the hearts of elderly
By Liu Chuan| (chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2022-01-19Print Print
Elderly residents in Guangrao county, Dongying city, East China's Shandong province have been enjoying hearty lunches with just costing one yuan ($0.16) at a "one-yuan" restaurant which was established by the local government to care for senior residents who are living alone.
A staff member serves meals for seniors at a "one-yuan" restaurant in Jinhu community, Guangrao county, Dongying, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/WeChat account: wenmingdy]
"The delicious food and thoughtful service make me feel satisfied and happy," said Guo Yurong, a 72-year-old woman who is living on a subsistence allowance in the community. Since the establishment of the restaurant, Guo has been dining at the restaurant every day.
The "one-yuan" restaurant in the community was initiated by the Jinhu community Party committee to improve elderly care. People above 70 years old can enjoy a sumptuous lunch complete with meat and vegetables at the restaurant.
The food preparation process of the community canteen is strictly monitored to ensure good food quality and safety. All dishes prepared are suitable for the elderly as they have low sugar, oil and salt content, said Wang Yongjian, the manager of the restaurant.
Seniors enjoy their meals at a "one-yuan" restaurant in Jinhu community, Guangrao county, Dongying, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/WeChat account: wenmingdy]
The establishment of the "one-yuan" restaurant is part of Guangrao county's efforts to improve people's lives. During the first eleven months of last year, the county spent 3.63 billion yuan on people's livelihood improvement.
As of the end of last year, 105 "one-yuan" restaurants serving more than 7,000 elderly people in the county had been established.
These restaurants also regularly organize activities involving cultural promotion, song performances and health care knowledge lectures to enrich the lives of the elderly and help them fend off loneliness.
Taking positive and effective measures to improve the care of seniors matters a great deal to the construction of a modern socialist nation, local officials said.
Seniors play Chinese chess after lunch at "one-yuan" restaurant in Jinhu community, Guangrao county. [Photo/WeChat account: wenmingdy]