Lanakila Pacific Meals on Wheels
Summary of Services:
Lanakila Pacific Meals on Wheels provides SNAP information through presentations, one on one meetings with Kupuna either at their home, community center or church. They assist Kupuna with completing the SNAP assessment and application. After completion, they would the application to the closest DHS office for processing and if a kupuna receives SNAP benefits, they’ll follow up with them every six months to ensure that are responding to any notifications from DHS. Other services provided is referring kupuna to their Kupuna Wellness Centers and their Meals on Wheels Program. They have reached over 100 kupuna with SNAP information and some with their applications. Many who completed the application are now receiving SNAP benefits to help
J. Edward Murray aka Eddie’s current role in the Lanakila Meals on Wheels program is the Outreach employee responsible for SNAP outreach to Kupuna on Oahu. He also promotes their Meals on Wheels and Kupuna Wellness Centers programs. He first began working in social services back in 1990 in his hometown, Philadelphia PA in the HIV/AIDS education and prevention and outreach.
After the passing of his very close friend who was HIV positive with complications from AIDS, Eddie was encouraged to continue to fight for those who are in need. He is now the founding chairman of the Center of AIDS research Community Advisory board of CFAR for the University of Pennsylvania. Under his direction they produced and presented various venues, including the International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Bangkok, Thailand, the affects of HIV/AIDS on the City of Philadelphia. As the deputy Director for many years of Philadelphia FIGHT, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS research, Treatment, Education, and Outreach, he developed and implemented two ongoing outreach programs to Prisons and Faith Based programs and churches.
As a performing artist, singer, actor and comedian, having those skills and his love for people allow him to advocate for those who don’t or can’t speak for themselves. Eddie is married to his life long partner of 29 years, Mr. James C. Roberts, both residents of Kapolei and Po’Okela award winners.
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- (808) 356 – 8516
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