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Harrison Mayor Spotlights Meals On Wheels Program

Dennis Nardone, Grace Polakoff, Dulcie Acompora and Mayor
Ron Belmont discuss Meals on Wheels in the latest episode of "Harrison Now."
Dennis Nardone, Grace Polakoff, Dulcie Acompora and Mayor Ron Belmont discuss Meals on Wheels in the latest episode of "Harrison Now." Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Harrison Live Radio Show

HARRISON, N.Y. -- In the second installment of his new television series "Harrison Now" Mayor Ron Belmont brings attention to the work and needs of Harrison's Meals on Wheels program.

The nonprofit organization brings two meals per day to senior citizens who have difficulty leaving their homes. The meals are supplied by St. Vincent's Hospital and the operations are conducted entirely by volunteers.

In the episode, Belmont and Dennis Nardone from the Harrison Live Radio Show sit down with volunteers Dulcie Acompora and Grace Polakoff to talk about the program, take viewers through an average day for a driver and the need for volunteers and donations. Polakoff has been involved in the organization for the past six years, and Acompora has been involved for four years.

The organization is in need of both volunteers and donations to continue their operations. Recipients of food pay for their meals, but Acompora and Polakoff said they often have difficulty, and the program needs community support to provide food to the seniors. Volunteers usually end up working about an hour every other week.

"It's not a big commitment, and it's extremely rewarding to be able to provide food for these people," Polakoff said.

"It's also a good way for someone to check on these people once a day," Acompora said of the recipients, who often live alone. "We have a good connection with them."

Belmont launched "Harrison Now" in June as a way of updating residents about what's going on around town, as well as highlight various organizations and services. He and Nardone host each episode, and the technical director is Dan Wolf. The program is broadcast on Harrison's cable channel 75. For more information on Harrison's Meals on Wheels, contact them at 914-670-3027.

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