On Wednesday, October 5th, volunteers from HSBC Bank served lunch to almost 300 seniors at UNH member Hamilton-Madison House’s City Hall Senior Center.
After a full morning of tai chi and ping pong, the seniors settled into the main dining room for lunch. UNH Board member Mark Hershey (Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of HSBC Bank USA) led his volunteer team of 15, serving hearty lunches of curry chicken and rice to the lively seniors.
The seniors who utilize the center only pay about $1.25 for a nutritious lunch, keeping them healthy and allowing them an opportunity to socialize with friends. On a busy day, City Hall Senior Center can serve up to 325 meals. Attendance can vary with holidays on the Chinese Lunar calendar –they serve a largely Asian population – and sometimes the attendance at lunch can “depend what’s on the menu,” joked Isabel Ching, Assistant Executive Director for Senior Services for Hamilton-Madison House. And lunch wasn’t the only game in town. Seniors played ping pong, read Chinese language newspapers in the reading room, and played Mahjong in other parts of the center while lunch went on. After lunch cleared out of the cafeteria, karaoke moved in.
As the volunteers filed out, the seniors expressed their gratitude for lunch service with a loud round of applause. Thank you to all the HSBC volunteers for spending time with the Hamilton-Madison House seniors, and to the staff at the City Hall Senior Center for coordinating with UNH to put on this volunteer event.
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