FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2012
Supervisor Kaiman Encourages Healthy Eating: Meals on Wheels Available to Assist Aging Population
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North Hempstead, NY– Prompted by mounting concerns that more seniors are going hungry, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, the Town Board, and North Hempstead’s Department of Services for the Aging (DOSA) joined with the Education & Assistance Corp. (EAC) to remind residents 60 and older that daily nutritious meals are available to them—for free.
“Helping our seniors remain in their own homes safe and healthy for as long as they can is the sole purpose of our groundbreaking ‘aging in place’ initiative, Project Independence,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “We would like to help you access this and the myriad of other services available through our model senior program.”
Carol O’Neill, Meals on Wheels’ Regional Director for Senior and Nutritional Services, noted that the menus are prepared by a registered dietitian. The broad selection of lunch and dinners fits all the food groups, she said.
The service is available to residents, particularly the homebound, in Carle Place, Westbury and New Cassel. Call 311 to contact Project Independence to find out more about Meals on Wheels.
A program of the EAC, Meals on Wheels is funded by the Nassau County Office for the Aging through the New York State Office for the Aging. Participants are also provided a birthday card and cake and pet food for those with animals. Extra meals for the weekend can also be provided where the circumstances dictate.
The fully-prepared, microwaveable meals are delivered frozen, O’Neill said. However, she mentioned that they can also be delivered hot to frail individuals and those with impaired sight.