In 2018, the PSA established Poems on Wheels, a partnership with Citymeals on Wheels in New York, to deliver poems alongside food trays and in emergency food boxes to seniors who are homebound due to illness, age, or disability. Poems on Wheels began by delivering poems to 20,000 seniors four times a year, and has since expanded to serve over 40,000 seniors in five additional cities across the country: Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Portland (Oregon), San Antonio and San Diego.
“Seeing a poem that we sent on their refrigerator, or taped to a wall, it’s just confirmation of the value that not only the food we bring, but the caring that we do—it is a true lifeline for so many.” —Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels
Read more about the program: Food Packages and Poems
Read about the program in the Christian Science Monitor.
The Poetry Society’s programs are made possible by the generous support of The Destina Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the Hawthornden Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Lyric Foundation, Humanities NY, Hyde & Watson, and the Bydale Foundation, as well as public support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of our members and individual donors.