Message from the Executive Director
Here in New York City, this was an especially challenging winter with over 56 inches of snowfall throughout January and February. The majority of our meal recipients cannot venture outside of their homes even when the weather is good, and the harsh weather made it impossible for those few who can still go out to make a simple trip to the corner store. Luckily, these are the times we’re at our best. Since winter began, we delivered more than 175,000 shelf-stable meals to our homebound elderly neighbors. I am proud knowing our team was there in advance of each snowstorm to check on them and ensure they would be well-nourished.
During one of the worst blizzards, Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud kicked off “Chefs Deliver” by preparing and delivering gourmet meals to frail aged residents in the West Village. On March 9th, he continues his tradition of giving by hosting Burgundy, Black Truffles and Blue Jeans. One hundred-fifty guests will savor elegant French fare in a casual atmosphere at this dinner to benefit Citymeals. This year, Chef Régis Marcon, a 1995 winner of the world-renowned Bocuse d’Or competition, joins Chef Boulud in his kitchen at DANIEL.
For another opportunity to support Citymeals, stop by your neighborhood Duane Reade location between March 9th and March 22nd. Whether you’re picking up a prescription or a pack of gum, you can make a gift to Citymeals at checkout. Riese Organization restaurants – with favorites like FATBURGER, T.G.I. Friday’s and Nathan’s – are also continuing to collect donations for Citymeals through the end of the month. Over the years, our generous corporate partners have raised more than $5 million through our Round-Up program to fund the preparation and delivery of meals.
Now with only a few days of winter left, we are eagerly anticipating the first signs of spring. The last of the snow will finally disappear from the sidewalks, flowers will begin to bloom, days will get longer and we’ll start spending more time outside. We’re also looking forward to participating for the first time in March for Meals. Each day during the week of March 17th, we will gather in a different borough to raise awareness about the needs of our city’s most vulnerable residents and the meals we provide them. Stay tuned to our website for more details about this initiative.
With best wishes,