New CHAMPSS Program!


The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), in cooperation with Self-Help for the Elderly, are pleased to offer a dining opportunity called CHAMPSS, a program for adults 60 or older and their spouse/partners regardless of age. Click here to visit the CHAMPSS website.

What is the CHAMPSS program?

CHAMPSS, which stands for Choosing Healthy and Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors, is a new program which allows participants to get nutritious meals at the following restaurants:

S & E Café
2406 19th Avenue (cross street is Taraval)
San Francisco, CA 94116
Weekday Service: Mon, Wed, Thur. & Fri.
Hours of Operation: 10:30 am – 1:00 am
The S & E Café is easily accessible via the 28, 28L, and L Taraval Muni routes.

Prince Cooking
1310 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
(cross street is 21st Avenue)
Weekday Service: Monday to Friday
Hours of Operation: 11:30 am-7:00 pm

Through the program, participants may receive a nutritious meal any time on weekdays during the restaurant’s service hours. The dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select their choice of a complete meal and beverage. See sample menu below.

CHAMPSS Sample Menu

Why is the CHAMPSS Program offered?

DAAS have been working with many community-based organizations for many years to offer congregate meals to seniors and adults with disabilities at many different locations throughout the city. Click here for list of congregate sites.  The goal of the congregate program is to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently by promoting better health through improved nutrition, through accessible and appropriate meal services, nutrition education and increased opportunities for participants to socialize. The traditional congregate meals sites provide diverse ethnic meals and offer many activities, but meal service times are usually limited to 1 to 1½ hour.  With the CHAMPSS program, program participants have greater flexibility WHEN they want to eat and WHAT they want to eat from the CHAMPSS menu.

Wow! How do I enroll in the CHAMPSS Program?

To learn more AND register for this new program for seniors, plan to attend an enrollment session soon. Please contact the Self-Help for the Elderly for locations and times. They can be reached 415-677-7600.

Once enrolled, you will be given your own CHAMPSS card. Take the card to the participating restaurant during program hours to dine.

Wait, how much does a CHAMPSS meal cost?

The suggested donation is $3.50 per meal. The actual cost of each meal is approximately $8.00 to $9.00, so you are invited to be as generous as you can. All eligible participants may participate regardless of donation. NOTE: The City does not fund 100% of the CHAMPSS program costs, all donations received will assist Self-Help for the Elderly to defray some of the program operation costs.   Donations are sent in with your meal order, so there is no need to provide anything other than your swipe card at the restaurant.

Are tax and tips covered with the CHAMPSS meal?    Yes.

Are there other services that come with the CHAMPSS Program?

Yes.  Participants are offered free nutrition education materials/information, and referral to other services, as needed.

Other questions?

Please contact Self-Help for the Elderly at 415-677-7600.