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L-R Leslie Papa; Eric Ulloa; Beth Shapiro; Liz Cantillo; Shannon Hammons; Maria Torres; Alma Cuervo - Credit Eric Groom

Broadway’s “On Your Feet!” Comes to Williamsburg to Help Homebound Elderly

BY Greenpoint Gazette

Broadway was North Brooklyn bound this morning as the cast and crew of “On Your Feet!” – the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan – got on their feet, rolled up their sleeves and worked a bustling assembly line packing up huge Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) at the Citymeals-on-Wheels warehouse in Williamsburg.


Each 20-pound EFP, containing the equivalent of 12 shelf-stable meals, will be delivered to the homes of more than 18,000 Citymeals recipients before Thanksgiving. EFPs ensure homebound elderly New Yorkers have sufficient food on hand in case harsh winter weather or other emergencies delay their regular meal deliveries. In years past, EFPs have prepared Citymeals recipients for emergencies like Hurricane Sandy, blizzards and blackouts.


Working the assembly line was Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, and four “On Your Feet!” cast and crew members including Alma Cuervo, who plays Consuelo, Eric Ulloa, ensemble and is an Emilio understudy, Maria Torres, associate choreographer, and Shannon Hammons, assistant stage manager.


“Citymeals is a true lifeline to our frail aged neighbors who are isolated, and these Emergency Food Packages ensure their kitchen cupboards will be stocked with nutritious meals throughout the winter,” Shapiro said. “Thank you to the ‘On Your Feet!’ cast and crew who took the time out of their extremely busy schedules to help pack up these vital meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers.”


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