By Madina Toure
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) gave the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows $20,000 to assist with programming for seniors and young campers.
Half of the funds will be used for the organization’s senior programs, including nutritious meals, while the other $10,000 will go toward the center’s summer camps.
“Hillcrest Jewish Center provides high-quality programming that helps seniors to age with their health and in their homes,” Lancman said in a statement. “The City Council is committed to expanding funding for these programs to support our growing senior population.”
Gloria Davidson, the assistant director of the center’s Gold Senior Center, said the center’s programs help seniors and the Queens community.
“They provide socialization, meeting new friends and nutritious meals, which enhances their quality of life,” Davidson said in a statement. “The funding will allow us to continue and improve our offerings to reach more people and help area residents.”
The City Council created a $1.27 million initiative to support a healthy aging programming. The programs provide seniors with nutritious food and physical activity to keep them in good health for an extended period of time.
There are more than 1 million people aged 65 and over living in New York City, a number which is expected to increase 40.7 percent by 2040, according to Lancman.
The Council’s new healthy aging initiative was part of a budget that offered support for seniors, with more than $25 million allocated for senior services.
Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour