“I used to talk about Meals on Wheels like, ‘I don’t want that.' But now I’m talking sweet things about Meals on Wheels.”
-JD, Client, Meals on Wheels
If Stuart resident JD looks familiar, it’s probably because he’s lived in Martin County since he was 19 years old. A retired school bus driver for the Martin County School District, JD recalls his route to Murray Middle School and Martin County High School back when dirt roads were the norm.
After retiring, JD was diagnosed with prostate cancer and went through eight weeks of radiation treatment.
“I was in pretty bad shape when it came to my health,” JD said. These health issues not only hindered his ability to get around, but also impacted his ability to support himself on a limited income.
“It’s rough, you only get $770 a month and rent is $800. That’s why I needed my light bill paid the other day ‘cause they were gonna cut it off,” said JD. “I have come up with $30 to balance out $800.”
To bridge his financial gap, JD has been receiving Meals on Wheels for about a year and a half.
JD says Meals on Wheels does so much for him and that he is feeling better and healthier. Receiving this service means that he doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from. He is grateful that he doesn’t have to go out or depend on his daughter to bring him a plate.
“I used to talk about Meals on Wheels like, ‘I don’t want that,’” JD said laughing, “But now I’m talking sweet things about Meals on Wheels.”
Meals on Wheels is one of 47 programs funded by United Way of Martin County. Your gift helps ensure that JD and hundreds of other homebound seniors have the access to nutritious food. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.