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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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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+

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

About two years ago I retired from my fulltime job and was looking for an organization to volunteer with. After working for 40 years as a bookkeeper, I was looking for something "out of an office", so I visited the many websites of several NYC organizations that we were donating to over the years and found the City Meals on Wheels Friendly Volunteer program -- perfect for me. My first assignment in Queens was with an elderly couple whose daughters lived out of the city, but who did not want to leave their own home in Flushing. He was 97 and she was 92. I visited them once or twice a week for one and one half years before they both passed and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. Fortunately they both passed quickly and painlessly. I now visit three more elderly Queens residents, two who live locally in my neighborhood, the third who lives in Fresh Meadows. Three totally different personalities, three totally different needs, this experience again is so fulfilling that I cannot even imagine what my life would be like without this opportunity to visit them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to get more involved with Citymeals-on-Wheels because my company is very actively associated with the organization. It only took one volunteer experience last November to understand why we are so committed to this outstanding organization. Citymeals is the perfect charity. Not only is the staff incredibly professional and friendly, as a volunteer, donor or industry supporter - you can see tangible results. You know your donation and time are being put to good use, feeding our homebound elderly neighbors. I wanted to take an even more active leadership role and have assisted in the establishment of Citymeals' new Young Professionals group. This has allowed me to connect with other likeminded individuals - all for a very worthwhile cause. we combine volunteer outings with fundraising events for a 360 degree perspective of Citymeals' mission. I am proud to be part of the Citymeals family and encourage all my friends and family to become actively involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with hundreds of nonprofits - both personally and professionally - and Citymeals-On-Wheels is by far one of my favorites. The staff with whom I have interacted is incredibly professional, organized and smart and the volunteer projects are highly impactful. As a member of the newly-formed Young Professionals' Committee, I feel like I have had the opportunity to "make a difference" in a number of ways, including participating on meal deliveries, attending fundraisers and making holiday cards for Citymeals' clients. The Committee has also given me the chance to meet new people and expand my network. I know that the financial support I've given to Citymeals has been money well spent and the time I've donated has been incredibly worthwhile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a one-time meal delivery with Citymeals--well I thought one time, but I've volunteered since and will continue to do so. It's great to see how a simple meal and short conversation makes a real difference in someone's life.