Hooray for Our Frontline Workers!

Each year, Citymeals on Wheels hosts a special event to honor “stars.” The STAR Awards recognize frontline workers at the 33 meal centers that Citymeals supports around the city. These workers provide daily meals and thoughtful attention to frail individuals and homebound older adults. The Citymeals Stars Award Party on October 12 awarded the dedication and commitment that these special people share to bring nutritious meals to New York’s homebound elderly.

Citymeals was formed to ensure no day would go by when vulnerable and isolated older New Yorkers would go hungry. The success of the program would not be possible without the drivers, deliverers, case managers, directors and coordinators who brave extreme heat, snow, and even natural disasters, because they know that their homebound elderly neighbors rely on them. But it’s not only the food that matters. Human contact and kindness brought to the doorsteps of meal recipients is just as nourishing.

Marianne Nicolosi added: "All during the pandemic these hard working and compassionate men and women went out on their routes everyday delivering meals to New York's older adults who would have otherwise gone hungry. They did it with grace, and devotion. In most cases, receiving no recognition or reward for their efforts. They are heroes to me and the thousands of older adults who depended upon them."

Here's Bay Ridge Center's Home Delivered Meals Team greeted by actress Kathleen Turner (2nd from left) at the awards party. Team members (l - r) Douglas Szal, JoAnn Jarush, Steve Bonal and Hanna Moussa (kneeling).

Thanks to each of you and everyone who helps get the meals out to more than 700 homes in our neighborhood. If you see these folks out and about, be sure to give a smile and a thumb's up!

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