Those receiving the meals were all over 60 years old and chronically disabled from conditions including vision loss, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Most pensioners live alone and 40% rarely leave their homes.
Citymeals on Wheels CEO Beth Shapiro said: “For four decades, Citymeals has nurtured the body and soul of older New Yorkers in need. They built our city and needed it. our help more than ever.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Citymeals has provided five million meals to the local elderly, the bulletin said. It now serves 20,000 people receiving meals, a 10% increase from the start of the pandemic. In a typical year, the nonprofit prepares and distributes two million weekend, holiday, and emergency meals.
“The holiday season is all about giving and caring about your community,” said Roderick Jones. We are proud to work alongside the Isaacs Center and Citymeals in continuing the seasonal tradition of preparation and delivery. meals for those who may not be available this season,” said CEO of Goddard Riverside. “As New York City seeks to recover from the pandemic, a strong social safety net and community-based organizations are essential foundations for bringing New York City neighborhoods out of the water. from the crisis that has plagued us the past two years.”
The nonprofit has provided 65 million meals in partnership with more than 30 community-based organizations and senior centers across the city since its inception, according to the news release.