Message from the Executive Director
Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures we endured well into April, spring has finally arrived. The new season marks a time of renewal for our office and warehouse staff, meal deliverers, even our meal recipients. The warm weather rejuvenates the spirits of our homebound elderly, most of whom have been forced to stay inside their homes during the cold winter months. Even a simple trip to their front stoop where they can feel the sun on their faces is welcomed.
On Mother’s Day we celebrated the lives of the frail aged women who have made countless contributions to our great city. Hundreds of you wrote special notes that were hand-delivered with meals for the holiday. These caring messages brought joy and comfort to many mothers and grandmothers who, without their families to visit, were forced to spend the day alone.
Preparations are now under way for our largest event of the year – the 28th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. This year’s gala, Rumble at the Rock, is an epic showdown between renowned New York and California chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant, Marc Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa, Charlie Palmer, Michael Voltaggio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and more. These culinary masters will compete for bragging rights as guests enjoy their mouth-watering dishes under the stars at Rockefeller Center.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing details about a new summer initiative that will better prepare our isolated neighbors for extreme heat and other future emergencies.
With best wishes,