In order to ensure our efforts and programming match the community need we thought, who better to ask than the community, and specifically our sage seniors?! NNS held a total of four focus groups throughout the City and sent out 150 surveys to do just that. Our final focus group (photo above) was held at the Heritage House in Newburyport - what a lively, enthusiastic and fun loving group! Seniors were asked about what makes meals meaningful, their challenges (if any) in accessing and preparing fresh healthy food & thoughts on community gardening & local farms. Debra Hickok did an amazing job facilitating a meaningful and engaging conversation - we are so lucky to have such wonderful volunteers! Chrissy Beluk, a recent Northeastern graduate working with the Health Department, will be going through her notes to highlight themes and go over the data from the surveys. Her report will be available at the end of June- stay tuned!