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VOLUNTEER Name: Norma Grant, former teacher. Years of service: 23 years “It was the late 1980s and I decided I needed to work for an organization that was helping people with AIDS. I started at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and was working with one client, a little girl who was 12 years old and had AIDS. She passed away and it was very tough. “Through GMHC I heard about GLWD. So I decided that maybe I could chop vegetables and be useful in that way rather than in this very, very intense,

primarily young, gay men who were and hungry is a crisis and that if you’re living with the illness. Now 63% of our having difficulty caring, shopping, or client base are age 60 and over; 40% are cooking for yourself, how can you age 70 and older. So, many of our clients possibly care for others?” live with not just one diagnosis but The only qualifications to receive multiple. And it’s a case of how do meals from GLWD is that you live in the we address their nutrition needs and New York City metropolitan area, you their meal needs if someone has both have a home address, and that you’re cancer and HIV, cancer and multiple too sick to shop or cook for yourself. sclerosis, etc? And their team of dietitians and “We can modify our nutritionists help advise meals 16 different ways, similar organizations all but if you combine that, over the country through that’s almost a million the Food is Medicine different combinations. coalition. We can do low fat, low “We all work under gallons of soup sugar, low spice, renal this umbrella belief that ladled meals for clients who food is medicine,” says have kidney disease. We Emmett. “And, ultimately, can also modify the texture. that food is love, and we So, for someone who has trouble know how much a nourishing chewing and swallowing – if they’ve meal can mean to someone. Like Phil gone through radiation for throat cancer, was saying, he might feel loved or feel for instance – we can mince or puree really important, but it’s that nutrition their meals. component that is really, really key.” “And, not only do we serve our “I want to live,” says Phil, as we clients who are living with severe and prepare to leave him with his lunch. chronic illness, but we also serve their “In spite of all of that that happened in children and their senior caregivers, 2003, I made a decision to live. And I because we recognize that being sick have so much to live for.”

Above: Chopping up a storm in the GLWD kitchens.

personal kind of relationship. So that’s what brought me to GLWD. Although, then it became a personal relationship because I’m delivering to the same people very often. “I’ve done different kinds of jobs. Right now, I deliver two days a week. Then I go into the kitchen on Thursday mornings and help pack out the meals and do special events.”

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