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Roslyn twins raise $4k+ to donate meals
to Parker Jewish Institute health-care workers
New Hyde Park, New York – Two
15-year-old brothers from Roslyn are
spending their free time during the
pandemic raising money to feed Parker
Jewish Institute’s dedicated health-care
Matthew and Michael Granoff are tenthgrade
twins who attend Roslyn High
School. But while school is conducted
through online learning during COVID-19,
the boys are learning all about effective
communication and philanthropy by raising
money for Parker’s “Meal Train.” The Meal
Train is an online platform through which
the community can purchase meals for
Parker’s nurses, doctors, therapists and other
essential employees during their shift. The
platform enables volunteers to schedule
donations for particular shifts and floors
at Parker, so that every meal is efficiently
distributed, and there is no waste.
So far, the Granoff twins have raised more
than $4,000, allowing them to feed entire
floors of doctors, nurses, therapists and
essential workers at Parker.
The twins had planned to volunteer at
Parker to see first-hand what it means to be a
patient. But those plans fell through because
of the pandemic. So they wrote letters to
family and friends, seeking to raise money
for Parker’s essential workers, and explaining
why the Institute was so meaningful to them.
“Parker Jewish Institute is near and dear
to our hearts because our family has had a
long-standing relationship there,” they wrote.
“Our great-grandparents received care and
services at Parker, and our grandfather
presently serves on their Board of Trustees.
Parker has been there to serve the needs of
our community and it would be a great way
to say thank you to their staff by providing
food while they are at work.”
The teens say they are appreciative of all
donations, large and small.
“It makes me feel good to know that I’m
helping and saying thank-you to front-line
workers,” Matthew said.
“I felt like the people needed extra support,
and I wanted to help them out,” Michael said.
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Their grandfather, Gary Granoff, is
currently a member of the Executive
Committee of Parker’s Board of Trustees,
on which he has served since 2000.
In many ways, giving back to Parker is a
family affair. The twin’s mother, Nancy Granoff,
has pitched in to coordinate the donations and
the meals, delivered from Umberto’s Pizza and
Ivarone Bros., both in New Hyde Park. And
plans are in the works for candy trays from
The Sweet Spot Shoppe in Plainview.
“It’s rewarding when we raise money to
give back to people that are giving to us,”
In a difficult time, such generosity makes
a great impact for those on the frontline.
“We are incredibly grateful to the
Granof f family,” said Michael N.
Rosenblut, Parker’s president and CEO.
“Their generosity has improved the lives of
so many at Parker, and now we extend our
heartfelt thanks to Michael and Matthew
in providing meals to our diligent healthcare
workers, making their shifts in this
unprecedented time a little easier.”
To donate meals to Parker’s essential
workers, visit the Institute’s Meal Train page.
Contact: Lina Scacco, (718) 289-2212 or
About Parker Jewish Institute for
Health Care and Rehabilitation
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care
and Rehabilitation, which has earned
the Center for Medicare & Medicaid 5
Star Quality rating, is headquartered in
New Hyde Park, New York. The facility
is a leading provider of Short Term
Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. At
the forefront of innovation in patientcentered
health care and technology, the
Institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric
research. Parker Jewish Institute features its
own medical department, and is nationally
renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as
well as a provider of community-based
health care, encompassing Social Adult Day
Care, Home Health Care, Medical House
Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.