Oma's Pop-Up is a noteworthy initiative in the Netherlands that uses the concept of a temporary restaurant as a means to reintegrating senior citizens at risk of isolation. The unique program has aging individuals prepare meals for guests, serving as both a fun day of physical activity and a means to reintegrating aging individuals back into the community at large.
Oma's Pop-Up is organized as a culinary workshop hosted by a professional chef, who coaches them through a fun day of meal prepping.
Oma's Pop-Up was conceived by a group of Hogeschool Rotterdam students, who realized the convergence of several trends. Firstly, many elderly individuals are cooking for themselves only, which leads to considerable food waste and raises costs. Additionally, the students realized that the aging population is rarely out among other people. The initiative is an innovative way to target a variety of issues around the isolation of seniors.