Age Friendly Albany County
Albany County
DEPARTMENT for AGING
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7198 | Fax: (518) 447-7188
Deb Riitano, Commissioner

Go & Dine

BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST…

Go & Dine is an innovative program sponsored by Albany County Department for Aging in collaboration with Erie County. The program is designed to provide older adults with the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a participating Albany County restaurant.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

Each participant is assigned a keytag and voucher that will be used at the participating restaurants. Once the individual has signed up, vouchers will be distributed each month to be used in conjunction with the keytag.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 

Participants must be 60 years or older and an Albany County resident.

CAN I ORDER ANYTHING ON THE MENU? 

The menu is pre-fixed at a pre-fixed price in accordance with the Innovations in Nutrition Grant. Each restaurant will offer specific items from which to choose. Menu items not pre-approved by Albany County are expected to be paid by participant.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS?

  • Prior to receiving the vouchers, a registration form must be completed. 
  • The meal price is covered but tips are not. You are encouraged to leave a tip.
  • This is a "Dine-In" program. Meals take place at the eatery. 
  • NO Take-out service is permitted. Diners may take leftovers home. 
  • Vouchers and keytags MUST BE PRESENTED at time of service. 
  • You may be asked to respond periodically to program surveys.

CAN MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN JOIN ME?

Certainly. However, only registered participants of the program will have their meal paid by the County. Participants are not allowed to use their meal to cover the cost of any other person's meal. 

THIS SOUNDS GREAT BUT WHAT’S THE PURPOSE? 

Along with the nutritional needs of older adults, the program is meant to address a number of growing issues as aging services’ networks move towards a self-directing style. The restaurant congregate dining program will provide a new choice for individuals to eat well-balanced meals at their convenience. Participants may wish to utilize their benefit in conjunction with others such as friends, family, and neighbors, thereby helping to minimize the prevalence of social isolation. Interacting with other customers and restaurant staff is intended to promote intergenerational connections and increased community engagement, which are critical components of Albany County’s Age Friendly Community Initiatives. It is anticipated that this type of service will be very popular among both older adults and businesses; for older adults, it provides a casual and self-driven experience while local restaurants will benefit from an increased customer base and the opportunity to play a vital role in supporting an age friendly community.

WHO ARE THE PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS?

The following restaurants offer a special menu of Go & Dine meals at the noted times.

Tesoro's
2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland
Monday – Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Monday & Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm
Elevation Burger
664 New Loudon Road, Latham 
Anytime
Lazeez
35 Central Avenue, Albany
Anytime
Mamoun's
206 Washington Ave, Albany
Anytime
Hungerford Market and Café
106 Maple Avenue, Altamont
Anytime
Martel's
65 O'Neil Road, Albany
Monday – Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm & 4:00-6:00pm
Emma Cleary's
1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
Anytime
Trackside Pizza & More
1 Railroad Avenue, Ravena
Anytime
Bob's Diner
929 19th Street, Watervliet
Anytime
Shaker Pointe Restaurant
1 Bell Tower Drive, Watervliet
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday breakfast and lunch
Saturday dinner

HOW MANY VOUCHERS CAN I RECEIVE EACH MONTH?

Four (4) vouchers will be distributed to each individual monthly.

WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL RESTAURANTS ADDED? 

As the program develops, we anticipate more dining options will be made available.

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS BY THE RESTAURANTS? WHO CAN I CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION? 

The Department for Aging will be updating the information as we get it. It's a new program. We want you to be partners in this new endeavor. Your feedback is so important. The Department's number is (518) 447-7198. 

WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY FOUR VOUCHERS RUN OUT FOR THE MONTH? 

More vouchers will be issued the next month. HOWEVER, take advantage of the many congregate meal sites sponsored by our many providers through the Albany County Department for Aging. 

FOR NOW: SIGN-UP AND BE OUR GUEST!

Call (518) 447-7198 to request a registration form

Wait, I Have More Questions!

Please feel free to call us at (518) 447-7198.
Our mailing address is 162 Washington Ave., Floor 6, Albany NY, 12210
Or mail deborah.riitano@albanycountyny.gov

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy

Questions? Call us! (518) 447-7177

Albany County Dept. for Aging Announces "Go & Dine" for Older Adults in Albany County Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy is excited to announce that Albany County Department for Aging, in partnership with the Erie County Department of Senior Services, is launching a program for older adults called "Go & Dine" beginning July 15, 2019. The program is designed to provide an opportunity to have breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of 10 participating Albany County restaurants.

Participants will complete a registration form to receive a key tag and voucher, which can be used to enjoy a meal at one of 10 participating restaurants in Albany County.

Older adults enrolled in the program will be able to choose to dine at one of the participating restaurants. Restaurants will have specialized prix-fixe menus, developed in compliance with USDA and the Older Americans Act, yet cater to this specific program. Menus will have multiple options to choose from and meals will be cooked to order. Participants will simply be able to show up, have their key tag scanned, give a voucher, and enjoy a nutritious meal of their choosing.

This grant will go a long way towards helping Albany County bring services for older adults to the next level. Having the ability to simply scan a barcode on a key tag will help to significantly reduce some of the barriers faced by an aging community as it pertains in the functionality of operating a government subsidized dining program. If successful, it will make Albany County a model in leading this type of system statewide.

In addition to creating a more user-friendly system, it is our hope to use this program as a mechanism to help reduce cases of social isolation; increase choice and self-direction; and appeal to a new, more diverse, generation of older adults in Albany County.