2021-10-14

Old people’s canteen in the mountains: let the left behind old people have a happy meal

By yqqlm yqqlm

Beijing, Hangzhou, October 14 (Qian Chenfei) “the food in the elderly canteen in the village is very delicious. I’m 75 years old. A meal costs only 2 yuan, and I come almost every day.” October 14 is the Double Ninth Festival. As soon as we arrived at the meal point, the smell of rice wafted from the elderly canteen in Jingshan village, Chang’an Town, Fuyang District, Hangzhou. Villager Wang Shenghong and his old neighbors came to dinner one after another

Old people’s canteen in the mountains: let the left behind old people have a happy meal

the elderly eat in the canteen. Photo by Qian Chenfei

Jingshan village is 30 kilometers away from Fuyang City, Hangzhou. It is an alpine oxygen bar village with an altitude of more than 500 meters and surrounded by clouds all year round. The location has created a good ecological environment in the village, but its derived problems such as inconvenient transportation also make the young people in the village go out of the village to make a living. Most of the permanent residents in the village are the elderly

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the elderly eat in the canteen. Photo by Qian Chenfei

in order to solve the “key little thing” of the elderly in the village, Jingshan village has opened a canteen for the elderly since 2012, providing lunch and dinner for the elderly in the village every day

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the “meal ticket” of the elderly canteen in Jingshan village. Qian Chenfei photo

scrambled eggs with tomatoes, fried potato chips, braised meat, fried celery… There are meat and vegetables, steaming hot. The food was prepared by Wang jieying. “Today is the Double Ninth Festival. I prepared the dishes two hours in advance. I hope the elderly can eat happily.” Wang jieying, 57, introduced that he has worked in the canteen for more than two months. “I’ve always lived in the village and usually do farm work at home. My previous cooking aunt went to live in the city, so the village found me to cook for the old people. Although it’s a lot busy, it’s also a good thing.”

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the elderly eat in the canteen. Qian Chenfei photographed

“there are many elderly people in our village, some of whom are over 90 years old. Our elderly canteen charges 3 yuan per meal for the elderly over 60, 2 yuan per meal for the elderly over 70, and free for the elderly over 90.” Wang Xianjun, deputy director of Jingshan village committee, said

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meals provided in the canteen on that day. Qian Chenfei photographed

according to his introduction, in addition to the annual subsidy at the municipal level of Hangzhou, the village spends about 100000 yuan per year for canteen operation. “Although the collective income of our village is not rich, we will insist on doing well as long as there is the need of the elderly.” (end)

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Jingshan village is more than 500 meters above sea level, surrounded by clouds all year round. Photo by Qian Chenfei

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Jingshan village appearance. Photographed by Qian Chenfei