As we enter into a new fiscal year, I am thrilled to report that over the next year we will be increasing the number of frail aged we nourish by adding 900 new meal recipients to our regular deliveries. Thanks to your continued generosity, we will be able to guarantee home-delivered meals for 19,000 of the city’s most vulnerable in 2016.
While so many of us look forward to the summer months as a time to get away with family and friends, we also know how dangerous the rising heat and humidity can be for our homebound elderly neighbors. Many of them live alone in apartments without fans or air conditioning, putting them in danger of developing heat-related illnesses. Our staff and volunteers will continue to be on the lookout for their safety, but we are asking New Yorkers to help ensure their older neighbors stay cool in the coming weeks.
Despite the stifling heat and humidity, we have not slowed down this season. Starting in June, we began providing local fruit and vegetables to our meal recipients through the Fresh Produce program. So far we’ve delivered farm-fresh strawberries, green beans, peaches and blueberries, and there’s much more to come over the next few months.
In June we also hosted the 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels at Rockefeller Center. For this landmark anniversary, we honored the event’s founding chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman who, 30 years ago, conceptualized the event as a birthday celebration for our co-founder James Beard. The event raised over $880,000 to provide more than 137,000 nutritious meals to isolated older New Yorkers. Next on our events calendar is the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee’s annual baseball benefit at Yankee Stadium. Stay tuned to our website to stay up-to-date on all Citymeals events and happenings.
With gratitude and best wishes for your summer,