Message from the Executive Director

April 2014

After what felt like one of the longest and most challenging winters in recent memory, I am elated that spring is finally here. This season signifies renewal, especially as many of us celebrate Passover this month. When my family gathers for our Seders, our homebound elderly neighbors will be in my thoughts. As most of them are unable to spend Passover with their own families, we have provided more than 4,500 of our meal recipients with eight shelf-stable kosher meals to enjoy during the holiday.

Next on our calendar is our annual volunteer party. On April 10th, we will show our gratitude to our 12,000 dedicated volunteers for all they've helped us accomplish. In 2013 alone, this impressive group provided over 55,000 hours of service delivering meals and providing comfort to our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are interested in volunteering with Citymeals as an individual or group, learn more about the programs we offer.

For those unable to volunteer, coming to one of our events is another great way to show your support for Citymeals. Some of the world's best chefs will gather at Rockefeller Center on Monday, June 9th for Summer by the Sea, our 29th Annual Chefs' Tribute. From Food Network stars like Chopped judge Scott Conant and Iron Chef America's Bobby Flay and Marc Forgione to renowned masters such as Larry Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, these culinary greats will celebrate the best of coastal cuisine by cooking favorite summer dishes, including seafood, barbeque and more.

Mother's Day is also just around the corner. Every year, we pay special tribute to the thousands of mothers we serve, and this year will be no different. Stay tuned to see how you can write a heartfelt note to one of our frail aged neighbors who will be alone this Mother's Day, and we will hand-deliver it with their holiday meal. Your kind words will mean so much to them.

With best wishes,

Beth Shapiro
Executive Director