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 18,000 of our isolated older neighbors each year.

Vice Chair

Joseph M. Cohen**


Daniel Boulud
Robert S. Grimes

Vice President

Margo M. Nederlander


Richard E. Piluso

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
Aaron M. Goldman
Alan R. Grossman
Yusi Gurrera
Mark Gusinov
Suri Kasirer
Richard Krawiec
Kenny Lane
Drew Nieporent
Charles Palmer
John Pomerantz
Dennis Riese
David Rockwell
Janet K. Rodgers
Lisa Rosenblum
John Shapiro
Danielle Smith
Steven Soutendijk
William T. Speck, M.D.**
Galia Meiri Stawski
Marcia Stein*
Christina Steinbrenner
Lizzie Tisch
Kathleen Turner
Nick Valenti
Teri Volpert
Patricia Wexler, M.D.
Michael White

Honorary Board Members

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

Executive Director

Beth Shapiro

In Memoriam

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

*Founding Executive Director
**Past Presidents