Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement works with several different community partner organizations. One of those partners is the EAC Network. EAC Network is the leading provider for Nassau County’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ program and the food pantry for victims living with HIV/AIDS. Recently, EAC proposed a plan to implement a program that will provide in-need elderly with healthier food options. According to EAC, “healthy eating is a link to improved medical results, better adherence to medication and reduced medical costs from preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.”
The first program they plan to implement is called the ‘Fresh from the Garden Senior Initiative’ at the Magnolia Gardens senior facility. The goal of the initiative is to provide New Cassel senior residents who are 60 years or older and income eligible, with access to seasonal, fresh produce, nutrition education that stresses healthy eating, and cooking demonstrations with recipes that honor the diversity of the senior recipients. Income eligibility requires a 1 person household annual income of $23,540 or a 2 person household income of $31,860.
Eligible seniors will receive a monthly distribution of fresh produce from Long Island CARES Food Bank and local farmers markets. Produce will be given to the eligible seniors at Magnolia Gardens and volunteers will deliver to the homebound eligible seniors of New Cassel.
The initiative is a great way for the CCE fellows to get involved in the community and help with outreach, enrollments, and surveys. Find out more about our community partners on the Center For Civic Engagement website.