The Nutrition Education & Food Services Program delivers meals to the homes of people living with HIV/AIDS who are home-bound and are too ill to cook and shop for themselves. The program provides nutrition assessments & ongoing nutrition counseling and also operates the only food pantry in Nassau County that supplies weekly grocery bags for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Eligible food pantry recipients live in Nassau County. Eligible home-delivered meal recipients live in Hempstead, Freeport, Roosevelt, Westbury and New Cassel. Nearby areas may also qualify; inquire with our staff for eligibility. Dependant children are also fed through the program, which has been in operation since 1992.
Menus are planned by a nutritionist to guarantee that nutrition and special dietary needs are met, and are delivered directly to client homes. Through this program, clients recieve highly nutritious meals. Food deliveries also provide a chance to visit and make sure everything is all right. Based on availibility, pet food is provided for those with cats and dogs.
The changing face of HIV/AIDS is reflected in the population served; the majority, 93%, is from the minority community; composed of African American and Latino individuals between the ages of 25 and 60 with incomes at or below the poverty level. Clients also include a significant number of single mothers with dependent children. These children are also provided with supplemental food for weekends and emergency needs.
In 2007, EAC Network’s Nutrition Education & Food Services Program was awarded the Congressional Hunger Award for helping to eliminate hunger and malnutrition for persons who are suffering from HIV/AIDS.