RICE – Recreational and Intergenerational Community Education isour senior program designed to address the intergenerational wellness and education needs of Austin residents, with particular focus on the underserved Asian American community.
Rice is more than a simple grain; it represents the foundation of the Asian diet and health. In Sanskrit, the word for rice also carries the meaning “sustainer of the human race.” Rice is a staple food across much of the Asian continent, spanning countries from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan and beyond.
The RICE program encompasses several components including:
Senior Tea and Coffee
Fresh tea and coffee are served Monday-Thursday mornings to all RICE program participants.
Senior Lunch Social
Free meals for Austin residents ages 60+ every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 meal cost for those who do not meet eligibility requirements. Vegetarian options are available each day. Limited transportation is provided for eligible seniors.
Recreational & Wellness Activities
Includes Tai Chi, yoga, fan dancing, table tennis, Asian board games, crafts, Senior Art Therapy, and more.
Includes topics such as heart health, diabetes management, life skills, computer and technology classes and more.
Community members of all ages will work on projects together to grow our intergenerational garden that will consist of Asian produce, herbs and flora.