Schenectady police recruits serve meals and build community relationships

Karen Tararache
Updated: November 29, 2019 05:44 PM
Created: November 29, 2019 03:09 PM

SCHENECTADY - "I've seen Schenectady go through some tough times and I just want to be a part of an organization to make it better," Forrest Dalton said, Schenectady police recruit.

At the City Mission of Schenectady, it's not just about filling empty stomachs, but also filling hearts.


"Just like human beings, I'm a human being, they're human beings, that's what we want to do, just get to know each other on a regular level," Dalton said.

Armed with red aprons, Schenectady police officer recruits are serving up pizzas and sharing their personalities with the community.

"They can get familiar with us, to see our faces and learn about us, and we get to learn about them and we make connections and build a lasting friendship for the people that we're going to be serving," Fred Davidson said.

On average, the City Mission of Schenectady serves 700 meals a day to those who depend on the organization to live.

"Especially around the end of the month, it's a food resource. If there weren't these meals here, some of the folks would not be getting proper nutrition," Mike Harrigan said. 

For many of the recruits, this is an opportunity to not only impact lives, but it makes them better at their jobs.

"Training for us never stops. We're always trying to get better – 'Hey, what can I get you, man?'" Dalton then stopped to ask someone.

The recruits graduate January 15.

For meal times at the City Mission of Schenectady, click here.

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