Volunteer delivers a meal to an older African-American woman in NYC

New York City is home to more than 1.7 million people over 60. And one in ten of our older neighbors faces hunger. Food insecurity is a constant threat for the homebound elderly who rely on us. They live alone, struggle with mobility and are unable to stand in line at a food pantry. 

Fourteen percent of Citymeals recipients say they get by on just the one meal a day we deliver. We also know that many older New Yorkers don’t take advantage of SNAP and other benefits to which they are entitled. 

Citymeals is working to end elder hunger by providing a vital lifeline of nourishing meals and friendly check-ins for the city’s most vulnerable population. We deliver over 2 million meals to 22,000 older New Yorkers each year and are the largest nonprofit meals on wheels programs in the country.

I am Disabled because of M.S. and housebound. Receiving these meals IS a blessing For My husband and i.

Citymeals provides more than just a nourishing meal. Research shows that people receiving home-delivered meals report improved health, fewer falls, less isolation, and less anxiety about being able to remain in their own homes. And nationally, a year of home-delivered meals costs roughly the same as one day in the hospital.

See our CEO, Beth Shapiro, speak to New York 1 News about food insecurity among older New Yorkers: