Message from the Executive Director

Winter 2016

The unseasonably mild weather over the past few months didn’t stop us from having one of our most productive seasons to date. We kicked off the fall by packing and delivering Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) for all of the 18,414 homebound elderly New Yorkers we nourish. Each 20-pound box contains the equivalent of twelve shelf-stable meals, including staples like tuna, organic quinoa, applesauce, canned vegetables – and even treats like low sugar cookies. EFPs are a lifeline for our vulnerable older neighbors during the winter months if harsh weather delays our regular meal deliveries.

Just as we were delivering the last of our EFPs, we hosted the 29th Annual Power Lunch for Women. The November 20th event took place at The Plaza Hotel where more than 400 women – leaders of industry, media, government and the arts – gathered to raise $1.2 million for Citymeals. Norah O'Donnell, Co-Host of CBS This Morning, served as the emcee and Yusi Gurrera of Citarella was honored for her longtime commitment to Citymeals.

Less than a week after the event, we provided 22,066 festive meals of turkey and all the trimmings for isolated older New Yorkers on Thanksgiving. An army of Citymeals staff and 582 generous volunteers – including actor and longtime Board Member Kathleen Turner – picked up the holiday meals from senior centers across the city and delivered them right to the doors of our meal recipients.

To remind our older neighbors they hadn’t been forgotten on Christmas, Citymeals provided them with 57,616 nourishing meals and warm companionship. Santa dispatched some of his youngest helpers to bring holiday cheer to frail aged New Yorkers when a group of local school children gathered at a meal center to create holiday cards and Season’s Greetings meal boxes – each containing three nonperishable meals – to our recipients.

Next on our calendar of events is Life of Wine, an interactive seminar and cocktail party hosted by the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee. The January 13th event will feature five of New York City's finest wine professionals and food donated by top restaurants throughout the city. Then on March 13th Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud will host an intimate and exquisite evening for 150 guests at Restaurant DANIEL, one of the world's top rated restaurants. Stay tuned to our website to stay up-to-date on all upcoming events and happenings.

Over the next few months, we will continue to prepare vulnerable older New Yorkers for winter weather emergencies, but we are asking for your assistance. It takes just moments to check on your older neighbors, many of whom are not mobile or healthy enough to take the proper precautions for severe winter weather. Learn more about what you can do to help.

With gratitude and warm wishes,

Beth Shapiro
Executive Director