In partnership with the Education Alliance, Met Council held Heat & Eat: Cooking Demo to educate seniors on healthy and budget friendly meals. Experienced chef and volunteer leader Monita Buchwald led the project, demonstrating how to incorporate healthy and affordable changes into seniors’ diets.
Given the high cost of food and home heating in New York City, as winter approaches, many low income seniors find themselves having to choose between staying warm and staying nourished. Heat & Eat showed that they don’t have to. Through a Heat & Eat campaign, volunteers pre-screened seniors for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits to enable seniors to both stay warm and eat nutritiously this winter.
This July, the Met Council was awarded a grant from Hunger Solutions New York as a part of the state-wide Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP). NOEP offers free and confidential services to connect low-income New Yorkers to federally funded nutrition assistance programs.