July is the hottest month of the year in New York City, and this week’s excessive heat and humidity is especially dangerous to homebound elderly New Yorkers – the city’s most vulnerable population. Many of our frail aged neighbors live alone in apartments without air conditioning, putting them at risk of developing heat-related illnesses.
In 1981, restaurant critic Gael Greene and chef and cookbook author James Beard founded Citymeals on Wheels after reading a New York Times article about their homebound elderly having nothing to eat on weekends and holidays.
For nearly three decades, Citymeals has partnered with New York City shops and restaurants to raise funds that support the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers.
The holidays can be especially lonely for homebound elderly New Yorkers, but this year Citymeals provided 57,616 festive meals and warm companionship to help remind our older neighbors they haven’t been forgotten on Christmas.
Citymeals is deeply saddened by the loss of Lillian Vernon, longtime board member, trailblazing entrepreneur, philanthropist and friend. Even with her extremely successful national catalog and online retail corporation, Lillia