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
This Thanksgiving homebound elderly New Yorkers feasted on turkey and all the trimmings thanks to an army of Citymeals staff and 582 generous volunteers who picked up the holiday meals from senior centers across the city and delivered them right to the doors of these
Victoria’s life today stands in stark contrast to her youth in Europe which straddled both World Wars. Born and raised in Romania, she fell in love with a young immigrant from Greece named Kostas. While she diligently studied to be a nurse, he apprenticed at his uncle’s bakery in their small village.