French chef Daniel Boulud joined Citymeals-on-Wheels on Thursday to deliver hundreds of restaurant-quality meals to homebound senior citizens in the Stuyvesant Town development in Manhattan.
The program serves residents who cannot shop or cook on their own.
Boulud and his team of chefs also spent time with residents, who said they were grateful for the visit.
"I think the meals they get every day, it's wonderful. But a meal cooked by a chef has maybe a little bit more touch to it. It has something that will make them smile," said Boulud.
"People in this neighborhood were some of the many who were left without power during the hurricane, and we thought it would be a nice way to start the holiday season," said Beth Shapiro, the executive director of Citymeals-on-Wheels.
"I have a problem walking, so it's not easy for me to cook, that's why I'm on meals. And I appreciate that," said a meals recipient.
Citymeals-on-Wheels says it delivered 64,000 meals in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy.
Since then, it has been trying to raise funds to restock its warehouse.
To donate to the organization, visit citymeals.org.