Seniors in Albany County Dine for Free

Over 60? Live in Albany County? Want free dinner? There are some places were you can get that.

If you live in Albany County, are over 60, and register with the Department for Aging, then you can get free meals in Albany. There is a small catch because you don’t get free meals every where and all of the time, there are rules but it’s still a great deal.

When you register with the Department for Aging, they will give you a key card and vouchers for the Go & Dine program that allow you to dine out for free four times a month for the next year and a half, according to the Times Union.

Not every restaurant is signed up to participate just yet, so far:

  • Tesoro’s, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland
  • Elevation Burger, 664 New Loudon Road, Latham
  • Lazeez, 35 Central Ave., Albany
  • Shaker Pointe Restaurant, One Bell Tower Drive, Watervliet
  • Hungerford Market and Café, 106 Maple Ave., Altamont
  • Martel’s, 65 O’Neil Road, Albany
  • Emma Cleary’s, 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
  • Trackside Pizza and More,1 Railroad Ave, Ravena
  • Bob’s Diner, 929 19th St., Watervliet

The program begins on July 15th and soon each restaurant will provide a qualifying menu for the Go & Dine program. Takeout meals are not included, neither are beverages or tip. The program will run until the end of 2020 thanks to a recent grant. Call the Department for Aging, 518-447-7198, for more information

There are a couple of reasons for this program. One, senior isolation is a serious problem. The Department of Aging hopes that this will increase socialization among seniors. County Executive Daniel McCoy said, “With nearly 68,000 seniors making their homes in Albany County, Go & Dine is one way for our seniors to interact with people in the community and have a healthy meal at the same time.”

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