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PICTURES – City of Peekskill Launches Cooking Program for Seniors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

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

Peekskill, N.Y. (May 15, 2019) – The City of Peekskill has announced a new collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and Feeding Westchester to launch “Cooking for Health,” a community cooking collaborative for seniors. The program began on April 24 and is held at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

“Cooking for Health” focuses on how seniors can support their health through good nutrition and hands-on cooking. Participants, all members of the City of Peekskill Senior Nutrition Program, a nutritionally at-risk population, will learn how to maximize a limited food budget. 

The program is led by City of Peekskill 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.

“Providing meaningful services like this to the vulnerable senior population is essential for our community’s well-being and overall health,” said Chef Zamora. “What makes our program innovative is the City’s working relationships with NewYork-Presbyterian and Feeding Westchester. We’ve leveraged the collaborative strength of complementary organizations in a cross-functional way to develop a meaningful, realistic program for the senior participants.”

“Cooking for Health” will run continually with each rotation comprised of five weekly classes. There is no cost to the participants in the program.

“NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is pleased to be a part of this important community initiative with the City of Peekskill and Feeding Westchester and is committed to working collaboratively with community groups to positively impact overall health in the Hudson Valley,” said Angela Gonzalez-Perez, MPA, Vice President of Operations at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. “The health and well-being of the residents in our community is of utmost importance to us and we look forward to finding new ways to reach at-risk populations while continuing to provide high quality care to our patients.” 

Feeding Westchester, which leads hunger action programs throughout Westchester County, has opened its food inventory to the City for the cooking class program as the enrollees’ incomes make them eligible for food assistance.

Each “Cooking for Health” rotation is limited to 12participants. Transportation to and from the teaching kitchen originating from the Peekskill Senior Center is provided by the City of Peekskill. For more information or to register, contact Chef Johnathan Zamora at 914-734-4250 ext. 2 or jzamora@cityofpeekskill.com.

The City of Peekskill’s Senior Nutrition Program provides a fresh hot lunch Mondays through Fridays with transportation both to and from the Senior Center. Those over the age of 60 who identify as medically homebound can qualify for meal delivery service upon completion of a home assessment. 

The City of Peekskill’s Senior Center is located at 4 Nelson Ave. in Peekskill, N.Y. and can be reached at 914-734-4250 or by visiting www.cityofpeekskill.com.

For more information on the NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, please visit www.nyp.org/hudsonvalley/services/chef-peter-x-kelly-teaching-kitchen.


On Tuesday, May 14, the City of Peekskill marked the launch of its new community cooking collaborative for seniors, “Cooking for Health,” with a kick-off event at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen. Left to right: Westchester County Executive George Latimer; Mayor Andre Rainey, City of Peekskill; Johnathan Zamora, Senior Services Site Manager, City of Peekskill; Angela Gonzalez-Perez, MPA, Vice President, Operations, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital; Chef Peter X. Kelly; Toby Pidgeon, Vice President of Operations, Feeding Westchester; and City Manager Richard Leins
, City of Peekskill.


Chef Emilie Berner demonstrates a healthy recipe for members of the City of Peekskill’s Senior Nutrition Program. The new “Cooking for Health” program is held on Tuesday mornings at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

Members of the City of Peekskill’s Senior Nutrition Program try their hand at creating a health- supportive meal as part of the “Cooking for Health” program held at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

Members of the City of Peekskill’s Senior Nutrition Program try their hand at creating a health- supportive meal as part of the “Cooking for Health” program held at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

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