Meals on Heels is a weekend meal preparation and delivery program serving the homebound elderly in the east midtown area of Manhattan. Through Meals on Heels, some 30 senior citizens receive a hot, nutritious meal, as well as non-perishable food items every Saturday of the year.
- Steering committee of volunteers oversees all the activities of the program
- Weekly coordinators assists with the meal planning, purchasing, preparation and delivery
- Rotating corps of volunteer chefs prepare the meal
- At 9:30 am food preparation begins
- At 11:30 am volunteers deliver the prepared meals to the recipients
- No special skills are required
Meals on Heels was created more than 20 years ago to supplement the Meals on Wheels outreach that provided nourishment on weekdays. It is a joint project of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and United Neighbors of East Midtown (UNEM). UNEM is an agency that serves the homebound elderly in the area of New York City from 59th Street to 14th Street, Fifth Avenue to the East River. UNEM enables qualified elderly persons to remain in their own homes.
An annual benefit raises necessary funds for the total operating costs of the program, while the Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day meals allow volunteers to reach out during the holiday season. Caring volunteers with some time and love to give are needed every Saturday morning.