Homebound seniors get special delivery

Chef Jason Hall (left) and One Five Hospitality special events director Ashley Bradford (right) with Citymeals-on-Wheels recipient and Stuy Town resident Shashi (Photo courtesy of Citymeals)

Chef Jason Hall (left) and One Five Hospitality special events director Ashley Bradford (right) with Citymeals-on-Wheels recipient and Stuy Town resident Shashi (Photo courtesy of Citymeals)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Chefs from Union Square restaurant The Fourth treated homebound seniors to personally cooked meals from the restaurant last week. The meals were delivered as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program, in which highly-regarded chefs from various New York restaurants offer up their culinary talents and deliver the meals to elderly residents who are unable to cook or shop for themselves.

The most recent delivery from Citymeals on Tuesday, April 7 was made by chefs Marco Moreira and Jason Hall of The Fourth. Hall personally delivered some of the 200 meals to Stuy Town residents with Ashley Bradford, special events director at One Five Hospitality, which includes The Fourth. On the menu was dinners of Moroccan-spiced braised chicken with peas, carrots and Israeli couscous and the remainder of meals were delivered to residents in the Lower East Side.

Citymeals board of director’s co-president and chef Daniel Boulud and Citymeals board member chef Charlie Palmer launched Chefs Deliver in January, 2014. Citymeals-on-Wheels executive director Beth Shapiro said that Citymeals started the program in response to Hurricane Sandy and it has been available about three times in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village since its inception.

The most recent delivery from Citymeals on Tuesday, April 7 was made by chefs Marco Moreira and Jason Hall of The Fourth. Hall personally delivered some of the 200 meals to Stuy Town residents with Ashley Bradford, special events director at One Five Hospitality, which includes The Fourth. On the menu was dinners of Moroccan-spiced braised chicken with peas, carrots and Israeli couscous and the remainder of meals were delivered to residents in the Lower East Side.

Last April, restaurateurs Scott Conant of Scarpetta and Ryan Hardy of Charlie Bird delivered meals to seniors in Stuyvesant Town as part of the Chefs Deliver program. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Last April, restaurateurs Scott Conant of Scarpetta and Ryan Hardy of Charlie Bird delivered meals to seniors in Stuyvesant Town as part of the Chefs Deliver program. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Citymeals delivers weekend, emergency and holiday meals for homebound New Yorkers, many of whom are over 80 years old. All Citymeals recipients are chronically disabled by vision loss, arthritis, heart disease and other conditions, and almost all need assistance walking. Many recipients are also isolated, with more than 70 percent who live alone and 40 percent who rarely leave their homes.

Many are also at risk from malnutrition, making the program an important asset for their diets. The occasional meals from highly-regarded chefs are just a perk, and Shapiro noted that it isn’t just a coincidence that residents in Stuy Town were treated to a meal from a restaurant located nearby.

“We try to keep (the chefs) close to their neighborhoods,” Shapiro said. “Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson made and delivered meals in Harlem when he participated. Local residents know him and he wanted to support his own community. Chefs usually want to stay within their communities, nourishing their own residents.”

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