Food insecurity for seniors is a growing concern as 8.3 million American seniors face the threat of hunger every day, with increased incidence in Southern states. The Meals on Wheels organizations within the Triangle (Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham and Wake County) collectively deliver 1,700+ nutritious hot meals a day (415,000+ annually) to our homebound neighbors to improve health, reduce isolation and to help seniors and disabled persons maintain independent lifestyles.
After more than a year of mourning, Lucille is now going to her neighborhood community center three days a week—sometimes walking there if the weather is nice. She also enjoys her visits with Meals on Wheels volunteers. We began to take emergency meals to her and her husband when he was newly home from a hospital stay after cancer surgery. After James’ death, Lucille took to her bed, but—as she reminds us!—she had to get up to come to the door and get her meal, and soon she was inviting our volunteers into her home to visit.
Now, the bed is made up at every visit, and Lucille tells of her trips to the community center, where she has started a dance group. When she told us we had saved her life, she said she wanted to do something for us. Her recovery is the gift, of course, and one more reason why Meals on Wheels of Durham volunteers are out delivering meals to more than 300 people five days a week.
There are so many stories like Lucille. So many who call us every day asking for food. Only you and other supporters can help ensure that these seniors continue to receive the food they need to remain independent in the comfort of their own homes.