Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement was recognized recently for its efforts to support the EAC Network’s Meals on Wheels program for homebound seniors in Nassau County.
Dr. Greg Maney, director for active citizenship and community partnerships at the CCE, joined Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Nassau County Commissioner for Human Services Lisa Murphy, and other county officials at a press conference to encourage seniors who are unable to cook or shop for themselves to sign up for the program, which has been providing nutritious meals for eligible residents since 1988. In particular, they appealed to seniors in communities such as Carle Place, Westbury, and New Cassel, where the need is great, but participation is low.
North Hempstead town officials noted that students from the CCE, under Dr. Maney’s direction, had helped spread word about the program by going door-to-door in low-participation neighborhoods to create awareness about Meals on Wheels. The students also conducted research to identify organizations that would know about homebound seniors.
“These students are putting what they learned at Hofstra into practice to make a difference in the world,” said Dr. Maney in a press release from the Town of North Hempstead.
“The collaboration between Hofstra University, EAC and the Town of North Hempstead is a great way to show how government and community-based organizations can work together to provide essential resources to our communities,” noted Council Member Viviana Russell.
To be eligible for the county’s Meals on Wheels program, residents over 60 must be unable to cook or shop for themselves and lack a local support system. The program is funded by the Nassau County Office of the Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging, and the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Featured image: Dr. Greg Maney at the podium during the press conference.