- Written by Lisa Middents, Development Coordinator
- Published: 26 November 2014
The hot, noontime meal that Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, Chris, delivers to Jack’s home often means the difference between eating and going hungry.
“The chicken is my favorite,” Jack smiles.
“I was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital but I only died for a few minutes.” He gets a twinkle in his eye and continues, “But the devil threw me out for selling ice cubes.”
Like many other Vietnam veterans, Jack began struggling with health problems at a fairly young age. He had his first heart attack at 35.
Jack went on to have five more heart attacks in the following years and eventually had to go on permanent disability from his job as a custodian.
He and his wife Cindy do what they can to make their money stretch to the end of each month, including yard work and odd jobs to help their landlord maintain the property where they rent an apartment in Greenfield.
Jack squeezes Cindy’s hand as they sit close together on the front porch of their top floor apartment. “She’s my sweet heart.”
The Meals on Wheels program at LifePath provides elders, such as Jack, much more than a home-delivered meal. Volunteer drivers do a wellness check with each meal delivery and often become friends with their clients.
Jack was very touched when his Meals on Wheels driver, Chris, attended his first wife’s funeral and then, several years later, his wedding when he finally got remarried to Cindy.
Jack, age 62, is just one of the over 900 clients LifePath is proud to serve in its “Meals on Wheels” program each year.