Message from the Executive Director
Here at Citymeals, the holidays are especially meaningful to us. This time thirty-two years ago, our co-founder Gael Greene read an article in the New York Times explaining homebound elderly New Yorkers were not receiving meals on weekends and holidays – times when the government-funded meal centers were closed. Outraged, she called James Beard and several other friends to raise funds that would deliver a Christmas meal to their frail aged neighbors.
More than three decades later, we have delivered over 47 million meals, including thousands of meals for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and other holidays. This year, Citymeals staff and nearly 500 generous volunteers hand-delivered 18,594 festive Thanksgiving meals to isolated older New Yorkers.
While most of our meal recipients enjoyed their holiday meals at home, 100 of those affected by Hurricane Sandy were treated to lunch at Wildwood Barbeque and Tocqueville Restaurant in Manhattan. With the assistance of aides and volunteers, these older New Yorkers were transported from their homes in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan to the restaurants in buses donated by Campus Coach. Dos Caminos also prepared 450 meals that were donated and delivered on Thanksgiving.
This holiday season marks another important milestone for Citymeals. In the spirit of giving, our co-founder, Gael, will celebrate a landmark birthday with a benefit for Citymeals on December 16th. Gael’s support for Citymeals has been tireless, and we look forward to a successful event that will provide nutritious meals and companionship to our most vulnerable neighbors.
We also know the holidays are important to you. For many New Yorkers, in addition to family celebration – it’s often the time of year to give back. We would be grateful if you would consider supporting Citymeals. Here are several ways you can get involved:
- Make a holiday gift to Citymeals
- Donate to Citymeals in honor of someone else
- Volunteer on Christmas
- Order Citymeals holiday cards
- Send a Citymeals holiday e-card
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season,