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(March 31, 2017 – New York, NY) – Jose Luis Sanchez, Manager of Programs and Aging Initiatives for Citymeals on Wheels, has been named Vice President of Meals on Wheels New York State (MOWNYS) for the term that began January 1, 2017. Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly.
As Vice President of MOWNYS, Sanchez will help further this not-for-profit organization in its mission to provide tools, support and information to local meals on wheels programs around the state.
In his role at Citymeals on Wheels, Sanchez, 30, oversees the contracted community based organizations that Citymeals partners with to deliver over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to over 18,000 homebound elderly throughout New York City. He also coordinates with the Citymeals warehouse to ensure all shelf-stable meal delivery programs are delivered efficiently. Jose frequently represents Citymeals as a spokesperson and presents at conferences on aging services.
Sanchez said, “I am honored to serve as Vice President of Meals on Wheels New York State, particularly at a time when federal budget cuts may threaten critical funding for programs which support older New Yorkers. I believe that ending hunger is not an issue of charity but of justice, and that the best measure of a society is how just we are to our most frail and vulnerable. Through my work at Citymeals on Wheels I have seen, firsthand, how providing nutritious meals and companionship can make a significant impact on the lives of our elderly neighbors.”
Sanchez, a resident of Jersey City, NJ, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Baruch College and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Hult International Business School.
About Citymeals on Wheels: 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 15,000 individuals volunteered nearly 72,000 hours of their time.
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.