| by Rick Pezzullo |
Seniors in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding area are enjoying nutritious, hot lunches daily in the refurbished dining area at the Neighborhood House in Tarrytown.
Last month, village officials, members of the Neighborhood House Board of Directors and local service organizations celebrated the Greenburgh Nutrition Program relocating to the Neighborhood House, located at the corner of Washington and Wildey streets, after the Knights of Columbus, where the program was formerly held, closed suddenly before Christmas.
“We all made a commitment to the seniors over the winter so the nutrition program could remain a vital program in the community,” said Francesca Spinner, president of the Neighborhood House Board of Directors. “We wanted seniors to have access to a nutritious lunch every day. We want to show it’s a vibrant program and well worth the support of the community.”
The federally funded program, which is administered by Greenburgh through Westchester County, is partially subsidized by some municipalities. Gerry Byrne, commissioner of Parks and Recreation for Greenburgh, said more than 300 meals are served daily at sites in Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry and Fairview.
He noted the town was only given three weeks notice that the Knights of Columbus was closing and was grateful the Neighborhood House opened its doors to house the program.
“We’re just delighted to be here,” Byrne said. “It’s a really vital program. It’s an opportunity for seniors to get together and enjoy a nutritious meal.”
The suggested donation for meals is $3, but no one is turned away and it is not limited to local residents.
“It works well with our mission and how we serve our community. All are welcome,” said Gemma Maver, a member of the Board of Directors.
Maver was instrumental in getting Kendal-on-Hudson to donate cabinets and kitchen appliances to the Neighborhood House. The Tarrytown, Ossining and Elmsford Rotary Clubs also donated $1,250 and manpower to give the kitchen and dining area a fresh coat of paint.
“It’s open to everyone. That’s what we liked,” said Ossining Rotary member Matt Gulotta, whose daughter, Amilia, also volunteered.
The Neighborhood House, which has served the community for more than 100 years, will be having its annual Fundraising Supper on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. with wine tasting, dinner, musical entertainment and a raffle drawing. The theme will be celebrating Shakespeare’s 451st birthday. For further information, call (914) 631-0205 or visit www.theneighborhoodhouse.org.