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Kern County Aging & Adult Services

Senior Nutrition

The California Department of Aging administers nutrition services funded by the federal Older Americans Act and State general fund dollars through a network of 33 Area Agencies on Aging and their service providers.

Senior Nutrition:

  • Provides daily noon meals, social activities and information clearinghouse services in a congregate setting for senior citizens aged 60 and over.       List of sites      Menus      Transportation
  • Cooks and coordinates the delivery of meals to eligible homebound seniors aged 60 and over.
  • Acts as liaison, as needed, to direct seniors to other emergency services/providers.

Nutrition services for eligible seniors will not be denied for failure to make donations. Senior Nutrition is a California Department of Aging (CDA) program.  What does this mean?

Address: Kern County Aging and Adult Services
5357 Truxtun Ave. (just east of Mohawk)
Bakersfield, CA 93309
ATTN: Senior Nutrition
Phone: (661) 868-1000
Toll Free: (800) 510-2020
FAX: (661) 868-1001

Program Coordinator

Katrecia Short (661) 868-0973
Kristian Besnard (661) 868-1100

Program Locations

Golden Empire Senior Nutrition Program
Program Coordinator: Kristian Besnard
Ben Austin Greenfield Senior Center
1751 McKee Road
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 834-9041
East Niles Senior Center
6601 Niles Street
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone: (661) 363-8910
Lamont Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Rosie Gonzalez
10300 San Diego Street
Lamont, CA 93241
Phone: (661) 845-0938
Richard Prado East Bakersfield Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Dania Gutierrez
2101 Ridge Road
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 323-8624
High Desert Senior Nutrition Program
Program Coordinator: Kristian Besnard
Inyokern Nutrition Site
Site Coordinator: Crystal Thomas
1247 Broadway
Inyokern, CA 93527
Phone: (760) 377-4800
FAX: (661) 868-1001
Ridgecrest Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Tracy Chrisman
125 S. Warner Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93556
Phone: (760) 375-5438
Kern River Valley Senior Nutrition Program
Program Coordinator: Katrecia Short
Kern River Valley Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Holly Miller
6401 Lake Isabella Blvd
Lake Isabella, CA 93246
Phone: (760) 379-5831
FAX: (661) 868-1001
North Kern Senior Nutrition Program
Program Coordinator: Katrecia Short
Delano Community Center
436 Jefferson St
Delano, CA 93215
Phone: (661) 746-7838
Shafter Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Stephanie Serna
505 Sunset Avenue
Shafter, CA 93263
Phone: (661) 746-7838
FAX: (661) 868-1001
Wasco Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Alejandra Almanza
1280 Poplar St
Wasco, CA 93280
Phone: (661) 758-2755
FAX: (661) 868-1001
Southeast Desert Senior Nutrition Program
Program Coordinator: Kristian Besnard
California City Senior Center
10221 Heather Avenue
California City, CA 93505
Phone: (760) 373-1006
Rosamond Senior Center (Hummel Hall)
Site Coordinator: Yvette Roldan
2500 20th Street West
Rosamond, CA 93560
Phone: (661) 256-0557
FAX: (661) 256-6591
Tehachapi Senior Center
Site Coordinator: Patricia Scott
500 E "F" Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Phone: (661) 822-6255
           (661) 822-5412
Fax: (661) 247-8367
Taft Senior Center
Program Coordinator: Katrecia Short
Site Coordinator: Samantha Bishop
Taft Senior Center
500 Cascade Place
Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-1535
FAX: (661) 763-5355

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Lunchtime meals are available for anyone 60 years and older at several sites located throughout Kern County.

  • 24-Hour prior reservations may be required.
  • A donation is requested.
  • Some sites provide free or low-cost transportation to and from the site.

List of sites


How it works: These home-delivered meals are available to persons 60 years or older who are homebound (by reason of illness, incapacitation, disability or isolation) and unable to leave their homes to participate in the congregate meals. A donation per meal is requested, but not required. Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization for this program.
Want to know more? Visit the Meals on Wheels website.
Ready to sign up? Find your community on the list below and contact the program coordinator for that community. Note: The application process will include a needs assessment and a physicians referral.
  • Golden Empire (Bakersfield, Lamont, Arvin, Buttonwillow)
  • Desert Areas (California City, Inyokern, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Tehachapi)
Contact: Kristian Besnard (661) 868-1100
  • Kern River Valley (Lake Isabella, Wofford Heights, Weldon, Bodfish, Onyx, Kernville, Mount Mesa, Southlake)
  • North Kern (Delano, Shafter, Wasco)
  • West Kern (Taft, Maricopa)
Contact: Katrecia Short (661) 868-0973

Supplemental Food Assistance is a California Department of Aging (CDA) program. What does this mean?

Golden Empire Gleaners, Inc. - Senior Sack Program

Provides low-income seniors 60 years of age and older with two bags of groceries twice a month. A one-time $2.00 membership registration is required. Call for the location nearest you.

(661) 324-2767

Kern County Food Bank, Inc. (provided by Community Action Partnership of Kern)

Distributes Government surplus food to low-income individuals on a monthly basis. Presentation of two-year pre-registration card plus current address is required. Pre-registration card available by presenting current food stamp card or verification of income. Call for information on the next distribution date and location. Some home-delivery available. Emergency food boxes for seniors also available.

(661) 398-4520

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