- Written by Lisa Middents, Development Manager
- Published: 01 March 2018
Volunteer Meals on Wheels driver Alan Coutinho was kind enough to let me come along with him on his delivery route recently as part of gearing up for the Meals on Wheels Walkathon on April 28. We pull up in front of Charles Lesure and Audrey Hall-Lesure’s home, and Alan says, “This stop requires two meals, a husband and wife team. He’s one of my Air Force veterans. We’ll go in and see how they’re doing today.”
The Lesures clearly love Alan and greet him with bright smiles. As a fellow veterans, Alan and Charles relate to each other. Charles tells me about his 20-plus years in the Air Force from 1953-1974. “I was stationed in Guam and Okinawa. Mostly Far East… And I came back after I got out of the service and got back with Audrey.” The couple have been married 14 years. Both lost their spouses.
Charles explains how important Meals on Wheels is to him and Audrey. “It helps us. I’m not much of a cook. (Meals on Wheels) gives me one nice meal a day that I don’t have to worry about. It relieves me for a lot of other things that I have to do around the house.”
About their volunteer driver, Alan, Audrey says, “He’s a joyful man to have around. He’s a good man.”
When asked what she thinks of the program, Audrey replies, “The meals are good. I noticed that they’re good for you. If you have any disability of any kind, it’s a good idea, because it relieves that pressure. You know you’ve got a next meal coming.”