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January 9, 2014
Winter Storm Hercules, the first snowstorm of 2014, hit New York City on Friday, January 3rd, dropping six inches of snow in Manhattan and even more in the outer boroughs. That afternoon, Citymeals put out an urgent call for volunteers to deliver meals and check on the well-being of their homebound elderly neighbors. In response, more than 65 kindhearted New Yorkers – including ten children – delivered over 2,000 meals to frail aged in Manhattan on Saturday, January 4th. In total, Citymeals provided nearly 25,000 emergency and weekend meals on Saturday and Sunday.
Citymeals had prepared meal recipients for the weather emergency by delivering Season’s Greetings boxes containing three supplementary shelf-stable meals in late December. Meal centers also provided recipients with two meals the day before the storm hit. In the coming days, Citymeals will deliver over 16,000 Martin Luther King Jr. Day boxes to ensure isolated elderly New Yorkers will be nourished during the long holiday weekend.