Since becoming Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has appointed two key advocates for the elderly to help address the concerns of the city’s growing aging population. Former New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli was named Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Donna Corrado was chosen as the new DFTA Commissioner.
Twenty-five years ago, Citymeals partnered with D’Agostino Supermarkets for our first “Round-Up.” The program began as way to provide New Yorkers the chance to support Citymeals while buying their groceries.
In 1981, Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene read an article in the New York Times explaining that homebound elderly New Yorkers were going hungry on weekends and holidays – times when government-funded meal centers were closed.
New York’s culinary and philanthropic communities joined Citymeals stalwarts at Stella 34 Trattoria on Monday, December 16th to celebrate the 80th birthday of Citymeals Co-Founder and Chair Gael Greene.
More than 1,200 New Yorkers attended the Big Apple Circus on Friday evening, December 13th, in support of Citymeals. The event raised over $70,000 – enough to provide almost 11,000 meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers.