In just a short time, the Brookfield Elks have begun to make a real difference in the village. Not only did the group buy a distressed former restaurant building on 31st Street, but it has actively sought to bring services to those in Brookfield and surrounding villages.

It’s not clear exactly when it will open, but Community Nutrition Network’s new face for senior citizens will be a place where seniors can meet, socialize and get a healthy meal five days a week.

It’s a win-win for Brookfield. The Elks get a rent-paying tenant during times when the lodge members aren’t meeting, and Brookfield seniors get a convenient place to gather and take advantage of an affordable meal.

The former tenants left a lot of work for the Elks and Community Nutrition Network to accomplish, but they’ll get that work finished sometime this fall, and the village will have one more resource for seniors that it previously lacked.