Student-Designed Cards

Citymeals on Wheels means more than just food to our elderly. For many meal recipients, the meal deliverer is the only other person they see all day. Their meal deliverer often becomes their link to the outside world, and each delivery reminds them that they are not forgotten. Citymeals sends special treats and messages along with our meals and food packages whenever possible. Every year, Citymeals works with the New York City Department of Education to bring each of our meal recipients a one-of-a-kind holiday card. Holiday cards hand-decorated by school children are another way we show that someone cares. 

"The beautiful cards from the children adorn my walls. This food nourished my body, but the thoughts and love that come my way touched my soul. Citymeals-on-Wheels is more than just food, it is love and hope and caring. Thank you, bless you all."

– Anna, from Queens


Birthday Cards for the Homebound

Citymeals continuously looks for unique ways to brighten the lives of our meal recipients. Every year, New York City students create birthday cards for their homebound, elderly neighbors. Those we serve are often alone, without family or friends. These cards remind them someone cares and recognizes their special day.

“Thank you for your wonderful card. It made me happy. Your drawing came to me with a box of food. It is now on my refrigerator door.”

– Iris, from Manhattan



2012 Handmade Cards for the Homebound Quick Facts


  • 57,187 handmade holiday cards created by children from 490 private and public schools throughout the City as well as Corporate and Community groups
  • 20,024 cards delivered for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years
  •  8,093 cards delivered for birthdays
  • 10,938 cards delivered for Valentine's Day
  • 2,499 cards delivered in celebration of Spring & Easter
  • 1,863 cards delivered for Mother's Day
  • 379 cards delivered for Father’s Day
  • 2,099 cards delivered for Halloween, and Fall
  • 99 cards delivered for St. Patrick’s Day
  • 7 cards delivered for Purim, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover
  • 7,003 cards delivered for July 4th, Memorial Day, 9/11, and Summer
  • 755 Thank you cards were delivered
  • 2,981 Get Well cards delivered
  • 447 Thinking of you cards delivered