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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Meals on Wheels, Nutrition

Mission: Citymeals-on-Wheels mission is to provide a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human contact to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, thereby helping them live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. Citymeals supplements the New York City Department for the Aging?s weekday meal program.

Programs: Citymeals-on-Wheels' programs include Weekend Meals, Holiday Meals, Flash-Frozen Holiday Meals, Holiday Food Packages, Emergency Food Packages, Weekday Waitlist Meals, Second Meals, and the New Populations Initiative.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 4

This is one of the Best NY Meals program we have in NYC. Other then 1 complaint I see & hear only good things about this agency. The 1 problem is the salary pid to Ms. Marcia Stein. $285,340 + for an agency that should use all availible funds to help the hungry I think $285,000+ is just way to much. I see other agencies who solicite public money pay their Presidents (or what-ever they call themselves) do it for FAR less money. I find it hard to want to give my hard earned money when I see how much she's paid for a job that many others do for far less. It makes me think 2-3 times before I donate. I guess I would give more or more often if this wasn't such a sticking point.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Citymeals offers flexible scheduling and many ways to contribute whether that's delivering meals, visiting the elderly, replying to letters or offering the organization administrative assistance during particularly high volume periods. The staff at Citymeals are supportive and always on hand to answer questions. You really feel like you make a difference and the impact you make is instantaneous. When you ring a senior's doorbell, you can see how grateful they are that you took the time to make sure they have food for the next few days.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Citymeals offers a flexible volunteer schedule and various ways to contribute to their cause. I am a part of and am particularly fond of their Young Professionals program, which hosts monthly events where volunteers get to know each other by delivering meals together and then having brunch or drinks afterward. Citymeals also provides multiple ways to contribute from meal delivery to letter writing so we are not restricted in the ways we can help. The Citymeals administrators and organizers that I've met have been approachable, helpful, and always prepared to guide beginner volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For about the last year, my husband and I have delivered meals with our son (now 19 months old) every other Saturday. I also write letters to seniors as part of the Senior Script program. What I love about this organization is that they make it EASY to volunteer. We can sign up to deliver meals on as many Saturdays (and other holidays) as we like on a week to week basis. If we are out of town or not available, we are not responsible for finding our replacement. The seniors that we see on Saturdays are so grateful for the meals and the few minutes of chit chat. They love to meet the baby and ask questions about him. He really makes their day! If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity with kids of any age, this one is GREAT! The Senior Script program is also easy for me to do, as I can write the letters after my son is in bed. I look forward to getting my son involved in writing letters and making holiday cards when he is a bit older. The staff at Citymeals is organized and professional.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this organization has been extremely rewarding. The personel is professsional, caring and informative. But the real "rush" is feeling the immense appreciation and gratitude we get from each home-bound recipient. One woman who lives in a steep walk-up took my hand and thanked me profusely for walking up so many stairs to bring her a meal. The stories are too many to mention, but the smiles are all the same and each one warms your heart.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lovely, thoughtful, well run organization. Having lived in NYC for the last 10 years, I've tried out my fair share of volunteer projects, and find Citymeals to be effective and efficient in achieving its goals, and also in affording its volunteers the ability to connect with clients. A+

9

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering for City Meals on Wheels, on and off, for over a year and a half. The homebound elderly certainly do appreciate this service and it is both rewarding and fulfilling to assist a nonprofit organization such as City Meals on Wheels.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Citymeals-on-Wheels since 2001. I started originally delivering meals in the West Village area every Saturday. The deliveries contained meals for both Saturday and Sunday. I realized how vital CityMeals-on-Wheels deliveries are when I would reached the top of a 4 floor walk-up rather winded to find a elderly gentleman or lady very excited and so appreciative for the food and my efforts. They were like little birds perched too high in the trees unable to fly on their own. This was what home-bound means. I also felt that the volunteers were often times the only human interaction they would have that day. I also wondered, without this warm food, what would they eat? Later in 2001, I became a Citymeals-on-Wheels Senior Script volunteer. I read and responded to thank you notes and letters written by our food recipients. I heard in their written words just how valuable the food and fellowship that City Meals-on-Wheels delivers really is. I have worked with Vivenne and Shelia, Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteer coorindators, since 2001 and they are truly wonderful to work with. Volunteering with Citymeals-on-Wheels has been rewarding, fulfilling and always a pleasure. It sounds like a cliche, but it is true, I have received so much more than I have given. I feel this would be the same for anyone who has the opportunity to volunteer with Citymeals-on-Wheels

6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We started volenteering this year and love it - A GREAT organization - a wonderful cause and extremely well run!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to be a volunteer with City Meals on Wheels. My daughter and I began delivering meals to homebound seniors when my daughter was 12 years old. She is now 21 and we still enjoy doing it together. We figure over the years, we've delivered thousands of meals and have helped our seniors in NYC stay healthy and well. We are honored to work with City Meals every time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This program has allowed my school based program to place interns with them. The interns have learned so much in such a short time. The staff is both friendly and supportive. It's been a lovely partnership!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for over two years and have had the best possible experience. The woman who I was paired with for friendly visiting has truly become a wonderful friend.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

City meals on wheels is such a great organization which provides many of our homebound elderly with nutritious meals. The thing I love most about this organization is how they go above and beyonf to feed the elderely on the weekends because there is only enough funding to feed them M-F. City meals find alternative ways to satify their clients.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Citymeals is one of the most professional non-profit organizations I have ever worked with. They are respectful of their clients and volunteers and have a great work ethic. The delivery routes are always well organized and volunteers are well taken care of. Training is excellent and constant communication and sense of appreciation from the staff. Highly recommend.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up for The Friendly Visiting Program a short while after my mother passed away. I had gone to see my mom everyday for the last 5+ years of her life at a midtown Nursing Home. I wanted to volunteer because I had seen first hand what spending time with a senior can do for their mental health and well being. I had felt how great it made me feel to be able to put a smile on someone’s face just by coming to see them and spending quality time with them. I learned how laughter was the best medicine a person could have no matter what their illness. I saw many parents in the nursing home that would wait by the elevator doors hoping that each time the elevator would come that maybe, just maybe it would be somebody coming to see them. More often than not, I saw the disappointment each and everyday on many of these faces that had become like family to me. When I was matched with a senior I was told that it would be a tough challenge for me but the coordinator said I was the one for the job. She was 95 years old and she was blind and deaf only able to hear from her right side hearing aide. She lived at home with a part time aide. Her children lived out of state and had tried many times to have her move closer to them but her mind was as sharp as a tack and wanted to stay in Manhattan. I spent every Saturday afternoon with my new friend for 2 years until the day she passed which happened to be 20 minutes before I arrived for my visit. She was like the grandmother I never had as an adult. She was very involved in any decision that I made in my own personal life and we both shared a passion about New York City in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s We talked for 6 hours straight. She enjoyed the mental stimulation. Her son said that I helped keep her alive and that I made the last two years of her life that much more enjoyable. I looked forward to seeing her every week and would often surprise her during the week if my work schedule permitted. She got me to cook at home for myself, she taught me a great deal about saving money. Our relationship was certainly 50/50. In the end I can honestly say that we needed each other. I know that she is up in Heaven now with her husband and that she is busy telling my mother all about our time together. I am taking a couple of moths off to grieve the loss of my friend and hope to get back and find a new person to help. We will all grow old if god allows and we all need a friend especially when we are older. I think City Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization that keeps people alive and gives them a reason to live. I feel truly blessed to be a small part of such a wonderful organization!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organizers are always so wonderful to work with. I had a last minute change of vacation plans and they welcomed me in to volunteer. Everyone I worked with was really kind, eager, and had such generous hearts, and the event was very organized on top of it! They are all very dedicated to this great cause!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience as usual being involved with such a worthy organization. I packed meals at a senior center down in the lower east side. I also delivered meals to the center's elderly client who would otherwise not have a meal that day because it was a holiday. The level of appreciation was very gratifying. Citymeals-On-Wheels provide such a valuable service to a forgotten segment of society. I have personally referred people to Citymeals-On-Wheels for their meal service as well as their friendly visiting program.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Citymeals" friendly visiting program is a non profit service that i give priority to as a volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to help someone in need. an in return I receive much more than I give. it is a rewarding service that I have been providing for more than three years and have no plans of stopping. i am a volunteer for the Central harlem Senior Citizens Center - 34 West 134th Street.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organisation for almost 2 years through their Friendly Visitor Program and throughout this experience I've found them to be reliable, efficient and responsive. Highly recommended for those wanting to give something back.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am confindent to contribute to this organization in a time when you must be wary of how your dollars are spent. My research has shown them to be reputable. I myself have many new bills this year as my son goes to collage for the first time and my job in retail is questionable. As I find that I can make it I am actually giving them more than I have in the past as see contributions overall are down. I thank them for allowing me to help in a small way, and to keep our homebound feed with visitors. e

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired in 2002 and wanted to find a way give back to the community. I have been volunteering at Citymeals for about 5 years. I have helped at several centers. Each time I go to new one, it is more amazing than the last. The people are dedicated and caring. The kitchens are spotless and the meals that they prepare have healthy, well balanced foods. I enjoy delivering food to homebound people who are for the most part, elderly. They are so happy when someone comes to spend a few minutes with them. It's nice to know that people care about their wellbeing.