Post by Ceci De La Montanya – NYC Food Fashionista contributor
For the first NYC contribution to Food Fashionista, I’d like to start with a recap of an event that never goes out of style – a charity outing. Last Saturday, the Citymeals-on-Wheels young professionals came together for the first time to deliver meals to NYCs home bound elderly. Citymeals-on-Wheels, founded by Gael Greene and James Beard in 1981, is one of New York’s most respected and established food charities. The organization is known throughout the food world for connecting chefs, foodies and industry heavyweights through philanthropy dinners with celeb chefs – like Daniel Boulud’s Blue Jeans & Burgundy, fabulous fundraising events including the annual gala at Rockefeller Center and is frequently the charity partner for the hottest restaurant openings (think DBGB, Marea, Aureole).
But aside from culinary glitterati-packed events, Citymeals is an important service for keeping our city’s elderly fed and nourished. Citymeals funds 30 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. Last year, over 2.2 million nutritious meals were delivered over to 18,000 elderly New Yorkers by a dedicated group of over 1,500 volunteers.
Last Saturday, the newly formed Citymeals-on-Wheels Young Professionals came together for their first volunteer outing on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside. Over 25 do-gooders from industries ranging in PR to education and law, divided into 5 teams, assembled their hot and cold food packs in Citymeals storage bags, donned matching blue hats and hit the streets for deliveries. And while feeding others fills the heart, feeding yourself is just as important – a delicious brunch with a special Citymeals menu followed at Fulton.
If you’re in NYC, the next Citymeals-on-Wheels Young Professionals event will be at Las Chicas Locas on August 12. Join their Facebook page here for more information or visit www.citymealsonwheels.org/yp for more details on joining.
Ceci – NYC’s Contributing Food Fashionista