Message from the Executive Director

August 2014

Here in New York City, we have escaped the dog days of summer so far, but they are ahead. The stifling heat and humidity we’re expecting can pose a threat to the health of our homebound elderly neighbors, and we are doing our best to ensure their safety. Earlier this summer, we included bottles of water in our Independence Day boxes and just recently distributed 24,000 additional bottles to meal recipients, delivery staff and volunteers. With several more weeks of hot weather predicted, please check on your vulnerable neighbors.

In July, we launched our seasonal Fresh Produce program delivering locally-grown fruit and vegetables to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Since then, Citymeals has delivered nutritious strawberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and peaches that supplement our regular meals. The Fresh Produce program will continue to bring seasonal goods to our older neighbors through October. Learn more about how you can support this important initiative.

In addition to delivering meals, Citymeals also provides vital companionship to our frail aged. Having outlived spouses, siblings, friends and often even their children, a majority of our meal recipients live alone. Nearly 10% of them don’t interact with anyone – ever – except the person who delivers their meals. Our Friendly Visiting program pairs our elderly with kind-hearted volunteers during regular social visits. This month, our goal is to raise $120,000 to provide Friendly Visiting to 100 isolated older New Yorkers .

We are also gearing up for a busy event season starting with a Young Professionals happy hour at Roof at Park South on August 20th. Next on our calendar is the Third Annual Oyster Social hosted by Board Member Chef Charlie Palmer. On September 21st, enjoy endless oysters, seafood creations and seasonal fare (paired with fine wines, beer and cocktails) while taking in the sounds of a local bluegrass band at The Patio – Aureole’s new al fresco lounge. Later this fall, we will host a night on Broadway to benefit Citymeals. Join us at the November 13th performance of the highly-anticipated revival of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper. Tickets purchased through our website will support the preparation and delivery of meals.

Finally, as Grandparents Day approaches on September 7th, consider writing a thoughtful message to one of your frail aged neighbors. We will hand-deliver it along with their meal. Your kind words will mean so much to them.

With best wishes,

Beth Shapiro
Executive Director