(April 18, 2019 – New York, NY) – With the Passover holiday beginning tomorrow night, Citymeals on Wheels is making sure homebound elderly members of the Jewish community have Kosher for Passover meals to enjoy during the holiday.

Nearly 375 volunteers fanned out across the five boroughs delivering 4,000 holiday boxes for Passover. Each package contains the equivalent of eight meals, including matzo, macaroons and gefilte fish – which typically begin the Seder meal – and other traditional items such as chicken, turkey, beef goulash, beef brisket, stuffed cabbage, apple and grape juice. In total, more than 32,000 Kosher for Passover meals were distributed this year.

Citymeals provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to homebound elderly New Yorkers, delivering over 2 million meals to over 18,000 people annually. It is the only non-profit providing home-delivered meals to the city’s frail aged in all five boroughs.

Citymeals recipients are the city’s most vulnerable population. The majority of meal recipients are over 80 years old, most live alone and 40% rarely or never leave home. They have outlived their family and friends, making the holidays especially isolating. In addition to providing them with appropriate and nourishing meals, these special holiday deliveries remind frail aged New Yorkers they are not forgotten.

Alastair, a Citymeals recipient in Elmhurst, Queens, wrote to express his thanks: “I am very appreciative of the many essential Kosher for Passover food items. I am not able to travel long distances and purchase what is needed. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will make it possible for me to fulfill my requirements to observe Pesach.”

Citymeals delivers special holiday boxes throughout the year, including for Labor Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Independence Day and Passover.


Citymeals on Wheels ( 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. This year, nearly 25,000 volunteers gave over 80,000 hours of support to our 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.