Health & Nutrition

Stay active, be healthy!

Senior Program - EXCELSIOR

Join us for:

  • Zumba (light)
  • Line dancing
  • Tai chi and other exercise classes
  • Yoga
  • Nutrition classes by City College of SF (CCSF)
  • Cultural Wellness Program (cooking demonstrations)
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Health presentations by UCSF student nurses and Samuel Merritt University Registered Nurses

Food Assistance Programs

Access to healthy food.

Brown Bag Program

Every Wednesday, ECC holds a food distribution program for people who need extra support purchasing groceries. Participants receive fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. at no cost.

Food Box Distribution

Once a month, on every 2nd Saturday, ECC distributes food boxes as part of the Community Supplemental Food Program. This program is free and provides boxes full of non-perishable items such as dry and canned goods to seniors 60 and up that need to supplement their nutritional needs.

CalFresh

BHNC serves as a site to apply for CalFresh, the program previously known as Food Stamps. There are income requirements but they are constantly changing so it is important to check in often about your eligibility. To learn more about requirements and your eligibility, stop by ECC and a senior services program staff will assist you or call (415) 206-2140 and ask for an ECC social services coordinator.

Eligibility Rules

Social Activities

Be social!

Our program participants are able to enjoy a variety of fun activities including but not limited to:

  • Line Dancing and other dance classes
  • Bingo
  • Ukulele Classes
  • Art classes by City College of San Francisco (CCSF)
  • Monthly birthday celebrations
  • Painting, Calligraphy and Origami classes
  • Mahjong
  • Karaoke
  • Computer classes

As part of our programming we serve lunch to our participants everyday (Monday to Saturday). The suggested donation is $2.00 for seniors Monday- Friday and lunch takes place from 11:30am-12:30pm. We recommend arriving early to sign in since seating is limited. On Saturdays, our food is FREE for our active participants.

Supportive Services

We care, we’re here!

As part of our active senior program we provide social services to help our participants access the resources they need. At ECC we are able to provide services in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Chinese

Our goal is to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate services that meet the needs of our clients.

Our Social Services Coordinators can help participants in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • CalFresh and other food assistance program
  • Paratransit
  • SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Agency) Free Muni for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Medical Insurance
  • Social Security
  • Rebuilding Together (small home repairs)
  • Housing
  • HICAP Counseling for Medicare
  • Lifeline (free government phones)
  • Computer classes
  • Translations in Spanish, Tagalog, and Chinese
  • Referrals to other organizations