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Every Card Purchased Funds the Preparation and Delivery of Meals for
Homebound Elderly New Yorkers
September 8, 2020 (New York, NY) – Citymeals on Wheels has launched its annual holiday card program, with new designs honoring the spirit of New York City and the holiday season. The holiday cards celebrate the city’s most beloved locations – from Bryant Park to local bagel shops – that have been largely shuttered due to the Coronavirus.
For over 30 years, Citymeals’ holiday card program has raised essential funds for the largest non-profit meals on wheels program in the country. One hundred percent of proceeds from card sales go directly to prepare and deliver meals for frail aged New Yorkers, who are more homebound than ever this year.
The holiday card program features original designs by area artists who have donated their artwork to Citymeals. This year, new designs include: Skating at Bryant Park by Anne Watkins; Celebrate the City by John Segal; and Peace by Pamela Zagarenski. Citymeals will also début its New York City Collection, featuring festive scenes from across the city. Other popular cards from previous years are also available for purchase.
“This holiday season is going to look different than any we’ve faced, and Citymeals is eager to deliver joy near and far,” said Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels. “Since March, we’ve seen New Yorkers come together to protect and care for each other, especially their frail aged neighbors. We are grateful to these generous artists who have donated their work to support the lifeline of meals we provide for the homebound elderly.”
Each pack of five cards costs $34, plus $4 shipping and handling per order, and delivers a full box of nutritious food and special treats to an older New Yorker in need – just in time for the holidays. Each card is printed on recycled materials and comes with a vellum insert that lets the recipient know a gift was made to Citymeals in their honor.
Since 1989, Citymeals has raised more than $15 million from its holiday cards to fund the delivery of meals to older New Yorkers across the five boroughs. For more information, visit: citymeals.org/holidaycards.
Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Citymeals has delivered more than one million meals to New York City’s vulnerable elderly population. As the designated emergency responder for the City’s seniors, Citymeals has been working on the frontlines of the pandemic to ensure home-delivered meals continue uninterrupted. For over 18,000 homebound elderly, who are too frail to shop or cook for themselves, these deliveries provide critical nourishment and a regular wellness check-in.
Citymeals on Wheels (citymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and senior centers, Citymeals prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals for more than 18,000 of our frail aged neighbors each year. Last year, over 26,000 individuals volunteered more than 90,000 hours of time to Citymeals’ mission.
Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals has relied on the generosity of its Board of Directors, the City of New York, sponsors and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations will be used entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.