Citymeals on Wheels delivers 517 meals to local home-alone seniors

Citymeals on Wheels celebrates its 35th year.

Citymeals on Wheels
Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels, with 94 year-old Alice, a resident of Bushwick

Citymeals on Wheels capped off its 35th year by feeding 20,415 homebound elderly this past Christmas. They also sent 3,170 additional Christmas meals to older New Yorkers in senior centers throughout the city. Many of these seniors have outlived their families and friends and are all alone. “[A]knock on the door, a smiling volunteer, and a Christmas meal give our frail and vulnerable neighbors a new holiday memory. It’s also a reminder that in this big bustling city, they have not been forgotten,” said Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels.

In our area 335 meals were delivered in Bushwick/Williamsburg and 182 in Greenpoint. These Christmas dinners consisted of pork tenderloin, pigeon pea rice, and a vegetable blend. Since the organization was founded, Citymeals on Wheels has delivered 54 million meals.

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. Last year, over 15,000 individuals volunteered nearly 72,000 hours of their time.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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