Farmingville, NY - In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Town of Brookhaven has delivered more than 9100 nutritious meals to senior citizen residents through its enhanced Senior Nutrition Program. This is an addition to the Senior Division’s regular Home-Delivered Meal program, which provides a daily meal to isolated senior citizens who are unable to attend the congregate program.
Following Supervisor Ed Romaine’s announcement that all Town senior citizen activities would be suspended to protect our most vulnerable population, the Congregate Meal Program was immediately converted to a home-delivered meal program. Now, any senior who previously enjoyed a nutritious meal at one of the senior centers are offered the opportunity to have these daily meals delivered to their homes by Town employees. Recognizing the need and importance of the program, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. acted swiftly to reassign Deputy Sheriffs to Brookhaven Town Hall to assist the Town staff with the deliveries, which now exceeds 450 deliveries, five days a week.
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “As we continue to cope with this pandemic, I want to thank everyone who has risen to the challenge of meeting the needs of our senior population. This is a group effort and we certainly have an excellent team. Thanks to the Parks Department, Sheriff Toulon, his Deputies and the extraordinary effort from the senior division staff who help to make this happen every day and continue to meet the growing needs of our seniors.”
Councilman Michael Loguercio, Town Board Liaison to the Department of Housing and Human Services, said, “Brookhaven’s Meal Delivery Program has helped keep our seniors safe at home during these perilous times. It has truly been an amazing effort and the number of people we are continuing to serve is a reflection of the compassionate and caring staff that we have.”
Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, through the New York State Office for the Aging.
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