Clients Served Last Year:
Funding Generously Provided by:
Nassau County Office for the Aging, NYS Office for the Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging, the Feil Family Trust, the Fay J. Lindner Foundation, the Plandome Womens’ Club, The Community Church of East Williston, The First Presbyterian Church of New Hyde Park, Temple Israel of Great Neck, the Yaspan Unterberg Foundation, and private donations.
Mary Coyle, LCSW
Program Director-Senior Case Management and Meals on Wheels
Supervisor, Home Delivered Meals
Nassau County is home to over 300,000 people 60 years of age or older, many of whom are vulnerable. Food is a basic human need, and marginalized seniors often have to choose between their next meal and other expenses, such as medical needs.
Provide at-risk seniors with daily nutritional meals as well as a warm visit from Meals on Wheels drivers and volunteers.
How We Do it:
EAC Network is the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Nassau County.
The program provides healthy meals, nutrition education, links to additional social services, and friendly visitors to home-bound seniors. After an initial assessment to determine program eligibility, seniors are added to the delivery route to receive much-needed meals.
Furthermore, the program provides more than just food: drivers and volunteers deliver a smile, friendly visit, companionship, and socialization – valuable contact for those who live alone. And dependent on funding, birthdays are celebrated with a cake and pet owners may also receive pet food.
Meals on Wheels and Case Management Service Areas:
- Atlantic Beach
- East Rockaway
- Hewlett Bay Park
- Hewlett Harbor
- Hewlett Neck
- Island Park
- Lido Beach
- Long Beach
- Point Lookout
Meals on Wheels Service Areas Only:
While EAC Network provides meals in the following areas, for contact please call Family & Children’s Association at (516) 292-1300.
- Cove Neck
- Glen Cove
- Glen Head
- Glenwood Landing
- Locust Grove
- Locust Valley
- Mill Neck
- Munsey Park
- Old Brookville
- Oyster Bay
- Upper Brookville
The Outcomes of Meals on Wheels
Daily-delivered meals result in a decrease of worry about being able to remain in a residence alone, improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness, and a nutritional diet.
What People Say About Meals on Wheels
My career for 30 years was teaching elementary school children. In 1985, I retired and had the desire to help old folks. As someone said, “from pediatrics to geriatrics.” Meals on Wheels was the perfect program to fulfill this wish. I would be outdoors and meeting people from diversified backgrounds. So, from 1985 until present (I still get a thrill doing the route), I have delivered meals on over 100 old folks. I am now an “old folk” myself. I was invited and attended a 100th birthday celebration for a retired principal, drinking champagne and eating birthday cake. Then there was the startling experience of being greeted at the door by a client in his “birthday suit.” Most of all, I marvel at how most of the people maintain a cheerful attitude and happy countenance, despite being homebound, in wheelchairs, or bedridden. They are so appreciative of receiving their “daily bread” and having a chance for social contact. It is most fortunate that EAC Network is continuing to operate the Meals on Wheels program. Marvelous Mary Coyle, with a most able crew of caring, capable staff, are sailing the ship. Cheers and applause to them and to all of my fellow volunteers who are keeping it afloat. It has been most heartwarming and rewarding being a part of Meals on Wheels.
We love what we do and really enjoy caring for the seniors!
The meals are delicious; I really look forward to them. And the Meals on Wheels staff are so nice!
I am really grateful for the meals and your Meals on Wheels staff. They have been so helpful to me. Having meals delivered right to the door is amazing.
Thank you for the birthday cake for my wife. It cheered her up just when she needed cheering up.
My mother needed this service and it was wonderful for her. There was an additional time she needed this service and, due to cuts in funds, she was added to the waiting list. Unfortunately, she passed when I received the call that the program could serve her again. Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program and I wanted to contribute.