Meet Marlena

“After the fall [in the shower], I was in so much pain,” says Marlena, 81. “I was only eating soup because it was the quickest thing to prepare.” As a retired nurse, Marlena knew she needed better nutrition than soup alone could provide, but she was [...]

Our Time To Serve Veterans in Need

“It was a good life,” says Edward, reflecting on 22 years of Army service, a career at the post office, and the raising of two sons followed by retirement with his wife. But when Edward’s wife of 58 years passed away, their Los Alamitos home was suddenly [...]

The Proof Is in the Pudding

Joan’s younger years were dedicated to sharing the comforts of her home with many children, most of who were not her own. In addition to raising a family and spending time with her grandchildren, Joan dedicated 15 years of her life to fostering children who benefited [...]

Service Struggles to Attract Staff

For over 50 years, Meals on Wheels Orange County has been the county's largest nonprofit senior nutrition and supportive service provider. And during the coronavirus pandemic, it found itself doubling its output from 1 million to 2 million meals annually. Although the worst days of the [...]

A Helping Hand – John’s Story

When John made the decision to bring his wife Mary home from the care facility, he knew his role as full-time caregiver would be challenging, but as Mary’s health declined and John experienced his own health challenges, life became more difficult than he imagined. When shopping [...]

From Hungry To Hopeful

After moving into an apartment complex for disabled seniors, Julie, 69, quickly discovered that her increased living expenses were more than her fixed income could cover. Healthy food and a balanced diet were too expensive for Julie’s budget. As a result, her nutrition suffered immensely. “I [...]