In the last decade, Manhattan has seen the largest increase in the older adult population of the five boroughs. Many older Manhattanites live alone, leaving them vulnerable to isolation. And a quarter of them live below the federal poverty level, forcing them to choose between rent, medicine and food.

We delivered over 620,000 meals to 4,656 of our homebound elderly neighbors in Manhattan last year.

Ruby, a volunteer in a light blue winter coat, shows her Citymeals on Wheels delivery to Vicenta, an 85-year-old meal recipient.

Dedicated volunteers like Ruby, who has spent her entire life on the Upper East Side, ensure our meal recipients in Manhattan never go a day without a nourishing meal and a friendly check-in. “I could be on the other side of the door one day,” she says, “and I hope somebody will be there to help me too.”