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City of Peekskill Celebrates New Cooking Program for Seniors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital


WHAT: On Tuesday, May 14, the City of Peekskill will mark the launch of its new community cooking collaborative for seniors, “Cooking for Health,” with a kick-off event. The program, a collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and Feeding Westchester, is held at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

George Latimer, Westchester County Executive
Andre Rainey, Mayor, City of Peekskill
Johnathan Zamora, Chef & Senior Services Site Manager, City of Peekskill
Stacey Petrower, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
Emilie Berner, Chef & Coordinator, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen 
Leslie Gordon, President & CEO, Feeding Westchester

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 201910:15am – Brief Program
10:30am – Interview Opportunities (includes seniors in the program)
11:00am – Tour of Teaching Kitchen
11:30am – Senior Cooking Class Begins 

Pataki Conference Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

DETAILS: “Cooking for Health” focuses on how seniors can support their health through good nutrition and hands-on cooking experiences. Participants, all members of the City’s Senior Nutrition Program, a nutritionally at-risk population, will learn how to maximize a limited food budget. The program is led by the City of Peekskill’s Senior Services Site Manager, Johnathan Zamora; Chef Emilie Berner, Chef and Coordinator of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen; and Jodie Ferrari, R.D., Clinical Nutrition Manager at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.

Feeding Westchester, which leads hunger action programs throughout Westchester County, has opened its inventory to the City for the cooking class program as the enrollee’s incomes make them eligible for food assistance.“Cooking for Health” runs continually throughout the year with each rotation comprised of five weekly classes. There is no fee to participate.

RSVP: Veronica Roman / o: 914-666-0066 / c: 646-245-0194

About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is buzzing with an array of dining and entertainment establishments. Offering artist lofts, studios, galleries and museums, Peekskill is home to a growing arts community and has no shortage of arts activities. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For more information, visit

About NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
Founded in 1889 by the Helping Hand Association, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, located in Cortlandt Manor, New York, serves residents of the Hudson Valley and Westchester County. The 128-bed facility provides a wide range of inpatient and ambulatory services, with 508 practitioners on staff in 62 specialties. The hospital is home to the region’s only state-of-the-art, 24-hour “no wait” emergency department, which sees more than 40,000 visits per year. In 2011, the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center opened, offering the first comprehensive cancer center in the area, combining infusion, radiation therapy and support services all under one roof. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital has received a string of national awards for patient and employee satisfaction as well as clinical excellence, and received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® three consecutive times. For more information, visit call 914-737-9000.

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