Citymeals on Wheels has delivered more than 56 million meals to hungry elderly people over the years.
The nonprofit organization was created to help feed the many elderly New Yorkers who face hunger
“They’ve often outlived family, friends — sometimes even their own children,” explained Citymeals on Wheels’ executive director Beth Shapiro. “We’re bringing them a meal a day, making sure that they have nourishment and a visit, every day of the year.”
Whether it’s on weekends, holidays, or during emergencies, Citymeals on Wheels volunteers will make deliveries to elderly individuals’ doorsteps — as well as spend time with them. The organization says, for some of the recipients, the meal deliveries provide the only regular contact with other people.
It was founded 36 years ago by food critic Gael Greene and cook James Beard, after they learned that elderly people in the neighborhood didn’t have anything to eat on weekends and holidays. It uses 100% of public donations for the meals and brings together chefs from around the world every year to raise money for the cause. This year’s event raised more than $900,000, which will pay for at least 122,000 meals. It’s also the only nonprofit that focuses on feeding the elderly in every NYC borough.