Last week, seventy-eight local schoolchildren and their families learned an important lesson about giving back. They "packed the pantry," filling grocery bags for their homebound elderly neighbors who are too frail or sick to shop for themselves.
For years the restaurant community has been an integral part of Citymeals’ success, but two years ago, Citymeals Board Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud wanted to get New York City chefs even more involved.
On Christmas Day volunteers from across the city, filled with the spirit of giving, helped Citymeals-on-Wheels provide thousands of Christmas meals to elderly New Yorkers who otherwise would have been alone for the holiday.
93-year-old Beatrice has lived in the same Bronx apartment for over fifty years, but she admits to never truly loving New York City. "I’m a country girl," she says with a laugh. Since she could remember, Beatrice always dreamed of returning to the small coastal town in which she grew up.