On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, Citymeals on Wheels offers 20,000 “festive meals” to elderly New Yorkers
The people receiving the meals are all over the age of 60 and have chronic disabilities, including vision loss, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Most beneficiaries live alone and 40% rarely leave their homes.
“For four decades, Citymeals fed the body and souls of older New Yorkers in need. They built our city and need our help more than ever, ”said Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels.
Since the start of the pandemic, Citymeals has delivered five million meals to local seniors, the press release notes. It now serves 20,000 meal recipients, a 10% increase since the start of the pandemic. In a normal year, the association prepares and distributes two million meals on weekends, holidays and emergency meals.
“The holiday season has always been about giving and caring for your community. We are proud to work alongside the Isaacs Center and Citymeals to continue the seasonal tradition of preparing and delivering meals to those who may not have one this season, ”said Roderick Jones. , executive director of Goddard Riverside. “As New York City seeks to recover from the pandemic, a strong social safety net and community-based organizations are a critical foundation in pulling New York City neighborhoods out of the crisis that has plagued us for the past two years. years. “
The nonprofit has delivered 65 million meals in partnership with more than 30 community organizations and senior citizen centers across the city since its founding, according to the press release.