Message from the Executive Director

Fall 2015

Citymeals wrapped up a busy summer with some special meal deliveries. In late August, award-winning actor and musician Kevin Bacon prepared, packed and delivered meals to homebound elderly living in Midtown Manhattan. Weeks later, actors Andrew Rannells, Cameron Adams and Patti Murin delivered meals to their older neighbors. Our meal recipients were thrilled to meet these generous celebrities who took the time to highlight the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. In September, one of our youngest volunteers – four-year-old Teddy – brought much needed joy and nutritious meals to frail aged New Yorkers in honor of Grandparents Day. Joined by his parents, Teddy delivered meals to recipients like 83-year-old Rachel, a Holocaust survivor with no family living nearby.

Now that the leaves are changing and temperatures are falling, our warehouse staff is kicking into high gear. Over the next few weeks, they will assemble over 18,000 Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) – boxes filled with nonperishable staples like salmon, dried fruit, oatmeal and organic brown rice. An EFP will be delivered to all of our meal recipients before Thanksgiving, ensuring they have sufficient food on hand in case harsh winter weather or other emergencies delay their regular meal deliveries. In conjunction with the packing and delivery of our EFPs, the Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation and Valerie Kort Kieffer will match every donation Citymeals receives during the month of October.

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us, and we are pleased to share with you our 2015 holiday cards. Each card provides a festive holiday meal for one of your isolated elderly neighbors and is a great way to send a message of caring to family, friends and business associates. Made with recycled materials, our one-of-a-kind cards are designed specifically for Citymeals by New York City artists.

Soon, our events team will host Citymeals’ 29th Annual Power Lunch for Women. On Friday, November 20th, more than 400 leading women in business, art, politics and entertainment will attend this event, which has grown into a networking imperative for the city’s most influential women. This year we will be honoring Board Member Yusi Gurrera, Citarella, while Norah O’Donnell, Co-Host of CBS This Morning, will be our Emcee. Stay tuned to our website to stay up-to-date on all Citymeals events and happenings.

With gratitude and warm wishes,

Beth Shapiro
Executive Director