NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Mayor Noam Bramson joined New Rochelle's independently-run chapter of Meals On Wheels on Tuesday on a route to help celebrate the organization's 30th anniversary.
Meals on Wheels, founded in 1983, delivers food to home-bound people seven days a week. Recipients are often referred to the organization via hospitals or relatives.
"For three decades, Meals on Wheels has been a lifeline for many residents of our community, providing not only nutritious food, but also a friendly greeting from a neighbor," Bramson told The Daily Voice in an email.
"It's an honor to support and congratulate the volunteers who give so generously of their time to this great organization," he said.
The group meets at Sound Shore Medical Center each day to pick up fresh, pre-packaged meals to deliver.
"Sound Shore has cooked and packaged all of our meals for thirty years, and our organization is closely connected to them," said Pat Showers, director.
Phillis Maucieri, president of Meals on Wheels of New Rochelle, told The Daily Voice that while delivering meals is the main focus, the organization does much more.
"The most important thing about what we do is that many people who are home-bound are also isolated," she said. "The daily visits also serve as check-ins and daily contact for the people."
"Someone is actually going to ring the doorbell and ask how they are and if everything is okay. I think that is really important," she said.
The organization will hold a fund-raiser at Beckwith Pointe on its official anniversary, Oct. 23.
For more information about Meals On Wheels, check out its website here.