On March 16, President Donald Trump revealed is budget blueprint. Meals-on-Wheels, which receives receives 35% of its funding from the Federal government, is one of the many non-profit organization threatened by the proposed cuts. The program provides meals at home to more than 2.4 million seniors in the US annually,
March 31st, 2017 (Everett, Massachusetts, United States) – Peter Wyers, a Meals-on-Wheels driver, stores hot lunches in a cooler. Friday, he delivered meals to 29 households in Cambridge and Somerville. The clients are aged 60 or older or are disabled. If eligible, they receive meals for free or at discounted price. In Cambridge and Somerville, Meals-on-Wheels serves more than 500 clients. “It helps families care for their loved ones, not only for the meals, but also for the companionship. Sometimes, the driver is the only contact our clients have in a day”, says Allexandra Machado, the drivers’ supervisor. In addition to hot lunches, clients can also order cold and frozen meals for dinner and week-ends. Menus are planned with the help of a nutritionist and can be adapted to the clients’ medical needs. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
March 31st, 2017 (Everett, Massachusetts, United States) – James Lynch, 72, has been a client of Meals On Wheels for 3 years. He lives by himself in a studio with a tiny kitchenette and doesn’t cook much. He is recovering from cancer and is still under heavy medication. “I wouldn’t be alive without Meals-on-Wheels”, he says. Only one of his eight children lives in Massachusetts – his oldest daughter. “It’s a 2-hour drive and I don’t want to impose that on her”, he says. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
March 31st, 2017 (Everett, Massachusetts, United States) – Doris Murphy, a 82-year old woman, has just received her lunch from Meal-on-Wheels. She had a knee operation two years ago. “Without this service, I would have to go shopping and it would be kind of difficult. I am still hoping to improve and do some exercise”, she says, leaning on her old stove. She pays 64 dollars a month for a daily lunch. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
March 31st, 2017 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) – Ruther Marshall carries the meals delivered by Meals-on-Wheels. Friday, the menu was macaroni and cheese with a baked tomato. The lunch is for her husband, Dennis, while she prefers to cook a light meal for herself. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.
March 31st, 2017 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) – Peter Wyers, a Meals-on-Wheels driver, is waiting on the doorstep of a client, an old woman with cognitive impairments. “It often takes her a while to answer, and sometimes she doesn’t at all”, he says. “Some clients don’t see anybody else in their day. I make sure they feel OK. The day before yesterday, I called 911 for a woman who had trouble breathing. I stayed with her until they arrived. She was fine in the end”, he says. By Chloe Hecketsweiler.