Message from the Executive Director

July 2014

As we kick off our new fiscal year, we are getting ready for the predicted extreme summer weather. Forecasts have been calling for excessive heat and stifling humidity and at Citymeals, we are doing our best to prepare our homebound elderly for these dangerous conditions. We started by delivering Independence Day boxes – each containing the equivalent of three shelf-stable meals and water – to make sure New York City’s frail aged would be nourished during the long holiday weekend. We are now planning to distribute extra bottled water to all of our meal recipients, meal deliverers, and volunteers and also ensuring deliverers are aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses. Please consider helping this summer by checking on your vulnerable neighbors.

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is pick up fresh fruit and vegetables at local farmers' markets. But for the elderly we serve, this isn’t an option. Luckily, our Fresh Produce Program delivers seasonal goods from local farmers – peaches, string beans, plums, pears and tomatoes – right to their doors. This year’s program launched at the beginning of the month, and we’ve already delivered a little bit of summer, local strawberries, with our regular meal deliveries. We would be grateful for your support in our effort to bring nutritious produce to isolated New Yorkers.

In June, we hosted our largest annual event, Summer by the Sea, the 29th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels. More than forty of the world’s best chefs – including Daniel Boulud, Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Larry Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa, Charlie Palmer and Jean-Georges Vongerichten – presented coastal fare celebrating the best of the season. The event raised $820,000 for Citymeals – enough to prepare and deliver 127,725 meals.

Next on our calendar is an event hosted by the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee on August 6th. Join the Committee and other young professionals in a Party City Party Suite at Yankee Stadium to watch an exciting game against the Detroit Tigers. Food, beer and wine are included in the cost of tickets, which will benefit Citymeals. E-mail emily@citymeals.org or call 212-687-1290 to RSVP.

With best wishes,

Beth Shapiro
Executive Director