Meal Recipient Stories

Last year, our family of donors and friends helped Citymeals deliver 2 million nutritious meals to 18,000 frail aged in every borough of New York City.

While we are proud of these numbers, it’s stories about our meal recipients that truly chronicle our success. Take a moment to meet a few elderly homebound neighbors who are living independent lives thanks to Citymeals and generous people like you.


Irene is very particular about things, especially around her home. Diagnosed with glaucoma in 1990, she lost the majority of her sight within five years.

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Eighty-six-year-old John was a bellman – or, as he describes it, “the wheels on the suitcase” – for many years.

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101-year-old Alicia has been living in New York City for more than three decades, but she was brought up in a very different time and place.

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Though you’d never guess it, Agustin was born in 1913 – the same year that Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City.

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Clarice – having reached the grand age of 106 – is one of our oldest meal recipients.

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Beatrice has lived in the same apartment for over fifty years, but admits to never truly loving New York. "I’m a country girl," she says with a laugh.

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