In the last decade, Manhattan has seen the largest increase in the senior population of the five boroughs. Over 40% of Manhattan seniors live alone, leaving them vulnerable to isolation and increased health issues, including depression and prolonged recovery from illness. Almost 20% of those over age 65 live below the federal poverty level, forcing too many to choose between rent, medicine and food.

We delivered 830,837 meals to 4,656 homebound elderly in Manhattan in the last fiscal year.

Reaching vulnerable older New Yorkers requires people on the front lines – case managers, drivers and meal deliverers like Richie. Every day, he leaves our center in Lower Manhattan and delivers to the homebound elderly who are often stranded in walk-ups. Knowing the challenges many of our recipients face, Richie often brings their mail to them or takes out their trash, helping them avoid the danger of falling and hurting themselves. His dedication keeps our frail aged neighbors safe and reminds them they are not forgotten.