Eagle Auto Mall in Riverhead has donated a pickup truck to Riverhead Town that will be used to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens, Supervisor Sean Walter announced Friday.
The town plans to use the truck in its Meals on Wheels program, which provides a hot meal to all seniors who are homebound or cannot otherwise cook or feed themselves, Mr. Walter said.
Eagle Auto Mall owner Mark Calisi presented the truck to Mr. Walter and Councilman John Dunleavy.
“Through Mark Calisi’s generosity, many senior citizens in our town will know that a hot meal is on its way,” Mr. Walter said in a press release. “At times, our ability to reach all those who need our help is stretched to the breaking point, but Eagle Auto Mall’s gift of a vehicle will allow us to ensure that we can serve all those that need our help.”
The Meals on Wheels program is available to Riverhead Town residents who are older than 60 years of age. Eligibility is determined through an in-home assessment by the town’s Senior Center staff.
Town officials say program recipients often are individuals who have recently left a long hospital stay or suffer from a chronic or debilitating illness.
This is not the first time Eagle Auto Mall has donated a vehicle to the town. Several years ago, it donated a GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) electric car to the town, which was used by the police department.