Semcac Senior Dining will be celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving seniors in Minnesota this October, so in recognition, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared it Senior Nutrition Month in Minnesota.

The Spring Valley Semcac Senior Dining will be holding its celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Spring Valley's first location opened on Nov. 7, 1973, at Butch's Place. It then moved to the Tamarack Diner in 1974, where it stayed until 1979. It found its permanent home in Spring Valley's Community Center during the spring of 1981.

Semcac now has nearly 60 dining sites within 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota.

Senior Nutrition Services, through the Older American's Act, were established in Minnesota in October of 1973.

To date an estimated 59,000 seniors in Minnesota have been served by the service over these past 40 years with the help of 20,300 volunteers.

For many, Senior Nutrition Services not only provide seniors with a warm, nutritious meal but also a place to congregate and socialize. For convenience, the service can also deliver a warm meal to homebound individuals through Meals on Wheels.

The public is invited to join the celebration on Thursday beginning at 10:45 a.m. for a meal and the musical talents of Ronald Vorwerk.

For more information on the services Semcac provides check out its website at http://www.semcac.org/services/senior-services/senior-dining/.