Gael Greene
Co-Founder and Chair

Gael with a Citymeals recipient

Days after Thanksgiving in 1981, Gael Greene, restaurant critic for New York magazine, read a newspaper article about homebound elderly New Yorkers not having anything to eat on weekends or holidays. Deeply disturbed, she called an equally upset James Beard – the renowned chef and cooking teacher – and they reached out to their friends and colleagues for help. After raising $35,000, Gael contacted the New York City Department for the Aging to express her righteous anger and announce they had raised funds to serve Christmas dinner that year. Gael had no sense where that gesture would lead. “I was totally naive. I had no idea it would become what it is today.”

What began with a group of like-minded individuals and a historic public-private partnership serving 6,000 frail aged New Yorkers that first Christmas has matured into an organization preparing and delivering over 2 million meals to more than 20,000 of our isolated older neighbors each year.

Vice Chair

Joseph M. Cohen**


Daniel Boulud
Robert S. Grimes

Vice PresidentS

Suri Kasirer
Margo M. Nederlander
Lisa Rosenblum
Lizzie Tisch


Aaron M. Goldman

Assistant Secretary

Mathew Glazier, Esq.

Members of the Board

Byron C. Athans
Daniel D. Bartfeld
Aliyyah Baylor
Albert P. Behler
Derek Blasberg
Alison Lohrfink Blood
Samantha Boardman, M.D.
Gerry Byrne
Diana Carone
Jim Carter
Anne Cohen**
Julie Daum
Randy Fishman
Colleen Goggins
Jane Gol
Alan R. Grossman
Yusi Gurrera
Mark Gusinov
Camille Joseph-Goldman
Joshua A. Kazam
Richard Krawiec
Kenny Lane
Drew Nieporent
Charles Palmer
Claire Paull
John Pomerantz
Richard E. Piluso
Dennis Riese
Deborah Roberts
David Rockwell
Janet K. Rodgers
John Shapiro
Steven Soutendijk
William T. Speck, M.D.**
Galia Meiri Stawski
Marcia Stein*
Christina Steinbrenner
Kathleen Turner
Nick Valenti
Teri Volpert
Patricia Wexler, M.D.
Michael White

Honorary Board Members

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Nicholas D’Agostino III
Maggi Landau**
Edward Lewis
Alan Stillman
Dee Topol
Joan H. Weill**
Roger Yaseen

Executive Director

Beth Shapiro

In Memoriam

Joe Baum
James Beard
Mayor David Dinkins
Ruth Finley
Helen Hayes
Miriam Israels
Eleanor Lambert
Michael Lynne
Jessye Norman
Lewis Rudin
Janet Sainer
Joan H. Tisch
Preston Robert Tisch**
Donald G. Tober
Pauline Trigère
Lillian Vernon

*Founding Executive Director
**Past Presidents