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A knock at the door might not seem like a big deal to many of us. But, to a homebound senior, it could signal the arrival of the only person they might see all day or all week long. It brings hope. It brings health. It brings the nutrition and care that will completely make their day. A knock from Meals on Wheels means nourishment for the body and soul.

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Bruce isn’t one to complain or ask for help. His life has taken him on a journey through a number of struggles that prepared him to be both physically and mentally tough. However, his toughness was not enough to protect him from a hard blow in martial arts – a sport that is supposed to be contactless – that paralyzed the right side of his body. Now, most of his time is spent at home where he still has good days, and he has bad days.

That’s why the knock on his door signaling a visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer is such a bright spot for him. There was a period when Bruce was also homeless, and that makes him doubly thankful for the home and food he has today.

“I'd be sitting there and waiting for that knock on the door. It isn't just the food, you know? It's the company.”


Charlene has lived in her Maryland home since 1966. The home is filled with loving memories of raising her kids, of good times spent with her family. She’s seen the neighborhood grow and change, watched people come and go, and yet Charlene has no intention of leaving her community.

Her independent spirit guides her life, and she won’t let aging get in the way of that. She simply needs an extra hand to make sure she’s safe and healthy. Thankfully, the regular knock on the door from Meals on Wheels does just that, and enables her to continue to age independently in her own home.

“I always say, as long as I understand things and it's something that I could do for myself, I will be here. It’s my home.”

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