Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels program is always looking to improve and we are proud to announce that we are now partners with the, Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) America, Let’s Do Lunch campaign. This campaign connects volunteers with local Meals on Wheels programs. The campaign network has over 2 million volunteers making a difference across the country.
Every weekday throughout San Mateo County, PVI Meals on Wheels drivers deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound older adults and adults with disabilities. One of our wonderful volunteers is Elli Foley, who delivers meals in Menlo Park and Atherton. For Elli, it is a privilege to deliver meals. She says that, “All my clients need the meals.” Some save the meal for dinner because it is a hot meal. One of her clients recently said, “I cannot believe how kind and thoughtful the people from Meals and Wheels are. They have never missed a meal and they know how to prepare the veggies perfectly. I also love the personal gifts that they send me with the drivers, toiletries and things which are very useful.”
Elli’s clients on average are in their late 70’s to late 80’s, although she has one client, Cynthia, who recently celebrated her 105th birthday. Cynthia used to be a PVI Meals on Wheels driver and for 42 years has been a part of the program.
Cynthia got involved with the Meals on Wheels program at PVI by being involved in one of our other programs. She was a member of Little House Activity Center and learned about the Meals on Wheels program which eventually led to her being a delivery volunteer. Cynthia remembers her first day delivering meals. She was approaching a house where an older lady with white hair was sitting in a wheelchair in the picture window, peering out and waiting for her meal. She never would have dreamed that today, she is doing the same thing, looking out through her window waiting for her volunteer to bring her meal.
Elli says that, “Most of my clients are very grateful for the meals that they receive.
Delivering meals for over 15 years now, they have become like family to me. I am closer to some than I am to my own family – we get along better. Most welcome me to sit awhile and have a conversation. I love it! Very often, I might be the only person that they see all day, or even talk to. Most of my clients are also living on social security. They are unable to drive to the store to get food, and most are unable to prepare their meals.
When I think of all the Meals on Wheels clients, I remember the Bible, and specifically Matthew 25:40, “And the King will say, ‘Truth I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Most of my clients are ‘the least of these’. They have handicaps, disabilities, and cannot do for themselves. PVI Meals on Wheels helps the least of these. I always think about how we all face an unknown future and what help we all might need when the time comes.”