“Some are more unfortunate than I am. I am so grateful for the Meals on Wheels program.” These are the words spoken by Raymond, an 85-year old Redwood City man and current client with PVI’s Meals on Wheels program.
Raymond was born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1971, he moved to Redwood City to take care of his aging father until he passed away in 1982. He worked as a computer programmer for a military defense company in Belmont, and after his father’s death, he became an avid traveler, visiting friends in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. His work and traveling came to an abrupt end in 1985, when Raymond suffered a heart attack on the job. His condition required
surgery, and from there, Raymond’s health continued to decline.
Over the years, he suffered from numerous effects of the procedure resulting in the insertion of a pacemaker and an additional surgery to replace a portion of his heart. Raymond steadily lost weight—close to 30 pounds. He could not prepare food for himself and became dependent on canned foods. His doctor became concerned that Raymond was suffering from malnutrition.
Additionally, the doctor realized that Raymond lived alone and didn’t drive, so she referred him to PVI’s Meals on Wheels program. Raymond has been a Meals on Wheels client for a little over a year. In that time, his diet has improved, he is no longer malnourished, and he says that he “hasn’t touched one of those cans.” Raymond smiled and shared that the Meals on Wheels program “doesn’t just deliver a hot, nutritious meal.” Rather, the volunteer drivers spend time chatting with him, engaging in conversation, which is often the only contact he has with anyone during the day. “Meals on Wheels saved my life…and now that I feel healthier, I enjoy my days much more!”