Elderly Get Special Citymeals-on-Wheels From The Cecil In Harlem

Samuel_Tai Muhammed1Today one of New York City’s finest new chefs in Harlem, Tai Muhammed of The Cecil, prepared and delivered meals for her frail aged neighbors as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program.

A Citymeals initiative, Chefs Deliver brings together a rotating cast of culinary stars who, once a month, lend their talents to Citymeals – cooking and often personally delivering the meals to the doors of New Yorkers who are too frail to shop and cook for themselves. Chefs Deliver was launched in January 2014 by Citymeals Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud and Citymeals Board Member Chef Charlie Palmer.

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Today’s menu included Chef Muhammed’s boneless smoked chicken thighs with green apple curry sauce accompanied by a collard greens salad and black pineapple fried rice. Chef Muhammed hand-delivered meals to homebound elderly in Harlem with Vivienne O’Neill, Director of Volunteer Programs at Citymeals. The remainder of the 40 meals she cooked was delivered to meal recipients living in Harlem.

“Chefs Deliver gives our meal recipients a rare treat: a restaurant-quality meal lovingly prepared by a top chef delivered right to their door. It is a special reminder someone is thinking of them,” said Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels. “Citymeals is proud to work with such generous and talented chefs. Thank you Chef Muhammed and The Cecil for participating today.”

Citymeals-on-Wheels prepares and delivers weekend, holiday and emergency meals for 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers. More than 60 percent of Citymeals recipients are over 80 years old; 23 percent are over 90; more than 200 have lived at least a century. All recipients are chronically disabled by conditions such as vision loss, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Nearly all need assistance walking. It is estimated that 66 percent use a cane, 39 percent use a walker and 16 percent use a wheelchair. Citymeals recipients are also isolated: 73 percent live alone; 40 percent rarely or never leave their homes; 8 percent have no one with whom they can talk. Many are also at risk for malnutrition.

http://www.citymeals.org/

Volunteer – http://www.citymeals.org/volunteer-with-us

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