Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteers remembers Sandy
by Andrew Shilling
Oct 30, 2013 | 270 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Samantha Boardman, Beth Shapiro, Christopher Bollen, Joan Smalls, Douglas Friedman, Derek Blasberg and Jessica Hart. (Photo: Kirsten Mogensen)
Samantha Boardman, Beth Shapiro, Christopher Bollen, Joan Smalls, Douglas Friedman, Derek Blasberg and Jessica Hart. (Photo: Kirsten Mogensen)
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This time last year, over 860 Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteers delivered 64,595 meals to victims of Superstorm Sandy, many of whom had no heat or electricity.

On the one-year anniversary, dozens of volunteers from the program reunited at the Citymeals warehouse in Williamsburg to pack up Emergency Food Packages for people still struggling throughout the city.

“Each box we pack up is a lifeline for thousands of our frail homebound invisible neighbors,” said Citymeals-on-Wheels executive director Beth Shapiro.

Citymeals volunteer, psychiatrist Samantha Boardman, joined the reunion.

"The Citymeals-on-Wheels staff and volunteers are my heroes and so are our meal recipients," Boardman said. “They all rallied in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but then again, they all rally every single day.”

Throughout 33 community-based meal centers across the city, Citymeals has fed and cared for the elderly in the city since 1981. Last year, they had more than 12,000 volunteers with over 55,000 hours of combined service.

Derek Blasberg, editor-at-large of Harper’s Bazaar and a New York Times bestselling author, gave his time to help out after the storm.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I sought a way to help my city,” Blasberg said. “By helping provide food and water to those who needed it during the blackout, Citymeals-on-Wheels gave me an opportunity to give.”

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