Citymeals on Wheels delivers more than 24,000 Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors from Harlem to Hollis


This Thanksgiving, Citymeals on wheels provided more than 24,000 fully equipped holiday meals for seniors at home New Yorkers all over the city.

Working with 30 community organizations, including the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center on the Upper East Side, Citymeals volunteers spent the morning delivering meals along with friendly check-ins, reminding their elderly neighbors that they haven’t forgotten this holiday.

Thanksgiving is Citymeal’s biggest day of the year and this year we delivered over 24,000 festive meals to older people New Yorkers in need,” said Citymeals CEO Beth Shapiro. “The holidays can be a lonely time for our food recipients, many of whom spend the day alone. Thanks to 400 Citymeals volunteers, our beneficiaries will receive a special knock on the door and a nutritious meal today.”

One of 10 elders New Yorkers is hunger, a number that is increasing. Of these Citymeals portions, 14% are enough with one meal a day that the organization supplies. Among the Citymeals beneficiaries:

  • More than half are over 80 and 20% are over 90.
  • Almost all need help walking: 66% use a cane, 39% use a walker and 16% use a wheelchair.
  • Food recipients are isolated: more than half of food recipients live alone, 40% rarely or never leave their homes, and 8% have no one to talk to on a regular basis except their food delivery person.

Citymeals on wheels

Citymeals on wheelscitymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious meals and vital companionship to nearly 22,000 seniors in the home New Yorkers. Working with community organizations and senior centers across the city, Citymeals prepared and delivered more than 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals last year. Last year, nearly 14,000 volunteers gave nearly 50,000 hours of time to the Citymeals mission.

Since its foundation in 1981, Citymeals has relied on the generosity of its board of directors, the City Hall. New York, sponsors and other designated donations to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations are used solely for the preparation and delivery of meals.

Photo credit: Citymeals on Wheels.

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