Deb Gordon’s guest was Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, which is an organization committed to ensuring that homebound elderly New Yorkers never go a day without food or human company. Every year, the organization helps provide close to 2 million nutritious meals to the homes of thousands of frail aged in every borough of New York City. In addition, Citymeals has expanded many of its programs like the Mobile food pantry to service vulnerable elderly most at risk in the community.
Ms. Shapiro provided information about how Citymeals-on-Wheels funds community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. Also discussed their distribution methods and coordination of a wide-base of Citymeals volunteers who collectively spend thousands of hours visiting and delivering meals to our neighbors each year.
Ms. Shapiro also discussed the organization’s efforts during and immediately following SuperStorm Sandy — first to adequately prepare beforehand to ensure their existing clients had food, but also to identify elderly New Yorkers who were impacted by the storm who had never previously used their service. Citymeals distributed emergency food packages filled with shelf- stable meals to feed those unable to go out due to the severity of the storm.
Also discussed were the impact the economic downturn has had on Citymeals’ continued efforts and also spotlighted a couple of upcoming fundraising initiatives: A Night With Daniel, an annual event hosted by restaurateur Daniel Boulud happening on April 7, which will feature 20 chefs creating special dishes, and last year raised enough money to provide 90,000 meals to elderly New Yorkers; and Rumble at the Rock, which is their 28th Annual Chefs Tribute happening on at Rockefeller Center on June 10th, whereby renowned chefs will come together in a New York vs. California culinary competition for a good cause. May the best chefs win!
100% of all public donations to City Meals on Wheels, go to the preparation and delivery of meals to elderly New Yorkers. To learn more and to help, visit www.citymeals.org.
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