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Nutrition Programs

Nutritious Lunch Programs – Click Here

Breakfast Program – Click Here

Home Delivered Meals – Click Here

Nutrition Counseling and Education – Click Here

Determine Your Nutritional Health - Click Here

Supplementary Food Programs – Click Here

Food Shopping Assistance – Click Here

NUTRITIOUS LUNCH PROGRAMS

MULTI-SERVICE SENIOR CENTERS

To meet the nutritional needs of the elderly, the NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OFFICE FOR THE AGING has established a network of 14 Senior Centers throughout the county that provide a complete luncheon program. An additional two programs target their services to meet the unique needs of special groups of seniors. Click here for locations of Multi-Service Senior Center Lunch Programs.

These programs serve a hot, nutritious meal, fulfilling federal nutritional guidelines. Cultural diversity is considered in menu development. Seniors 60 years of age and over (and their spouses) are encouraged to dine together in a social atmosphere. Persons who wish to participate must register in advance. Voluntary financial contributions are encouraged.

This network links senior citizens into a system of services that include transportation, information and assistance, health and nutrition education, shopping assistance, and recreational activities. The program is conducted in cooperation with local sponsors. For further information, call:

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE OF THE AGING (516) 227-8959

KOSHER MEAL PROGRAM

In Long Beach, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) sponsors a program at the Long Beach Senior Community Service Center. For further information, call: (516) 432-5555

SENIOR LUNCH PROGRAMS

The Office provides a substantial lunch and nutrition services to several other senior groups in Nassau County. Several of these programs target their services to meet the needs of special groups of seniors. Click here for a list of Senior Lunch Programs funded by the Office for the Aging.

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BREAKFAST PROGRAM

A breakfast program is available five days per week at the Office-funded Freeport Senior Community Service Center, sponsored by the Salvation Army.

Call: (516) 623-2008

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HOME DELIVERED MEALS

HOMEBOUND MEAL DELIVERY PROGRAM

Two meals a day are available up to five days per week to eligible homebound persons. This program is funded by the NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OFFICE FOR THE AGING. Participants are encouraged to make voluntary contributions.

To be eligible, a participant must be:

  • 60 years of age or older; the spouse of an eligible service recipient; or a disabled non-senior residing with a service recipient
  • A resident of Nassau County
  • Mobility impaired– unable to leave home unassisted
  • Living alone and unable to have nutrition needs met by family, friends, or others
  • Unable to cook and/or shop – due to ill health; lack of food preparation facilities (stove or refrigerator); or inability to meet special dietary needs
  • Able to understand and carry out procedures to handle meals safely

All potential program participants are assessed by a case manager to determine their needs and their eligibility for the program.  At least every six months, participants are reassessed to determine their continued eligibility and to insure their needs continue to be appropriately met. For information on accessing the service, call: (516) 227-8900

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NUTRITION COUNSELING AND EDUCATION

NUTRITION COUNSELING

A Registered Dietitian provides nutrition counseling to homebound elderly referred through the Office-funded nutrition and case management programs. Counseling is provided in the home by appointment only, and includes the development of an individually written care plan, based on a physician’s diet order, in addition to general nutrition education. For information, call: (516) 227-8974

NUTRITION EDUCATION

Planned programs that promote better nutrition, physical fitness, and health are scheduled at the Office’s Senior Community Service Centers. Nutrition education material is also provided to all home delivered meals recipients.

For more information on nutrition education sessions, call (516) 227-8974.

To arrange programs for groups of citizens, call: (516) 227-8908.

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DETERMINE YOUR NUTRITIONAL HEALTH

Read and answer the following statements to determine your nutritional health or the health of someone you love. For every ‘yes’ response, circle the number to the right of the statement. Total the circled numbers and check your score.

  • I have an illness or condition that made me change the kind and/or amount of food I eat: 2 points
  • I eat fewer than 2 meals per day: 3 points
  • I eat few fruits or vegetables or milk products: 2 points
  • I have 3 or more drinks of beer, liquor or wine almost every day: 2 points
  • I don't always have enough money to buy the food I need: 4 points
  • Tooth or mouth problems make it difficult to eat: 2 points
  • I eat alone most of the time: 1 point
  • I take 3+ different prescribed or over-the-counter drugs each day: 1 point
  • Without wanting to, I have lost or gained 10 pounds in the last 6 months: 2 points
  • I am not always physically able to shop, cook or feed myself: 2 points

Total all of the circled responses to determine your nutritional score. If it is:

  • 0-2: Good! Recheck your nutritional score in 6 months.
  • 3-5: You are at moderate risk, and should make some changes to improve your eating and/or lifestyle. Contact the Office for the Aging’s RD Nutritionist at (516) 227-8974 for some suggestions. Recheck your score in 3 months.
  • 6+: You are at high nutritional risk. Bring this checklist when you see your doctor, dietitian or other qualified health or social service professional. Talk with them about any problems you may have. Ask for help to improve your nutritional health.

SUPPLEMENTARY FOOD PROGRAMS

COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)

Low income senior citizens age 60 and over who meet income guidelines are eligible for supplementary food each month. Once certified, seniors may select food from the Catholic Charities’ Mobile VAN. For required documentation, call or visit the CSFP Food Center site.

38 St. John’s Place
Freeport, NY 11520
(516) 623-4568 (516) or 623-4387                                                

Site Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For information on the CSFP mobile locations, call: 1-631-491-4166

EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY

Programs provide emergency food to eligible individuals and make referrals for additional assistance if necessary.

Lutheran Family and Community Services, Inc.

311 Uniondale Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553
(516) 483-3240

Individuals must be referred by a social worker or member of the clergy. Call for an appointment.

Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc.

Each Community Action Program has an emergency food pantry. Call the individual site for details.

Glen Cove

(516) 676-4793/4942
Port Washington (516) 382-3201
Rockville Centre (516) 764-4500
Roosevelt/Freeport (516) 379-4000
www.eoc-nassau.org.cap/htm  

There are many community-based food pantries in Nassau County where eligible individuals can obtain basic food items. Contact:

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING (516) 227-8900

INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK – INN

This nutrition network provides hot meals without cost at four locations in the County.

INN
211 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 486-8506
www.the-inn.org

LONG ISLAND CARES, INC.

This program provides emergency food assistance where and when it is needed and sponsors programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency.

Long Island Cares, Inc.
10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
1-631-582-3663
www.licares.org

FARMERS MARKET

Eligible older persons can receive coupons (generally during August and September) to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. For information on eligibility, location of farmers markets, and how to obtain the coupons, call:

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING (516) 227-8900

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FOOD SHOPPING ASSISTANCE

Some supermarkets and local food stores deliver. Some food shopping services will shop for a fee. In addition, some senior centers and community agencies provide shopping assistance at little or no cost. Call:

NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING (516) 227-8900

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