Farmingville, NY – -On August 2, Supervisor Ed Romaine (back row, center) and Councilman Dan Panico (back row, second from left) visited the Mastic Recreation Center to meet with residents who participate in the Town of Brookhaven’s Congregate Meal program. The program returned on August 1 after more than a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nutrition Program provides residents ages 60 and over with a nutritious mid-day meal and the opportunity to participate in a variety of social, recreational, and educational activities. There are no income guidelines for this program, only a suggested voluntary and anonymous contribution of $2 for lunch. Also pictured with the program participants are Congregate Meal delivery driver, Rich Cummings (back row, left) and Senior Citizen Site Manager, Bay Area Nutrition, Connie Smith (back row, fifth from right).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors who participated in the Congregate Meal Program received a home delivered meal through Brookhaven Town’s enhanced Home Delivered Meal Program. During the height of the pandemic, the program was providing approximately 500 meals a day. The program is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Transportation may be available for those who qualify. Per New York State Law, masks must be worn by those taking public transportation. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. There is a suggested voluntary and anonymous contribution of $1 for transportation.
The Town’s two nutrition sites are:
Bay Area Senior Nutrition Program
15 Herkimer Street
Mastic, NY 11950
North Shore Senior Nutrition Program
Rose Caracappa Senior Center
739 Route 25A
Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Funding 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. For further information about the program and services offered through the Town of Brookhaven’s Senior Division, please call 631-451-9191.