Due to illness and a tight budget, many of our city's senior citizens are no longer able to shop or cook for themselves. Confined to their apartments, they are at constant risk for hunger, malnutrition and loneliness. Citymeals-on-Wheels provides 16,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers with nutritious meals and human company everyday. Below are five chances to lend a hand that require little effort but make a powerful impact on a senior citizen in need.
1) Meal Delivery: Providing food and warm human contact, these meal deliveries are essential to their recipients. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on weekends and select locations on weekdays.
Citymeals-on-Wheels have lost over a million donations over the last year, and with no end in sight for the poor economy, 2009 could be even worse. In a relief effort, photographer Jan Bartelsman has created a new book called Dining in New York City. The book will feature pictures of food from restaurants across the city like Per Se and Gramercy Tavern.
The book is $19.95 and Citymeals will be holding a book party along with food tasting to help feed the homeless across the city. The party will be hosted January 21st at 15 Union Square West. The champagne reception begins at 6 p.m. with a ticket to this city conscious event costing $400 and a general tasting ticket going for $250. Tickets and a list of participating restaurants can be found on brownpapaertickets.com