Kusum was hungry, had lost hope and didn't know where to get help, but fortunately a friend did.
Kusum moved away from her adopted children in India 18 years ago to support them by becoming a nanny for a family. When the family was transferred to the Midwest, they moved Kusum with them to care for their two girls. Kusum diligently saved the money she earned and sent back to India to support her children. Eventually the children she cared for became college age and the family no longer needed a nanny. Kusum moved back to Southern California, because winters in the Midwest were too difficult for her.
With no job Kusum found it difficult to make ends meet and often had very little money for food; consequently, her health began to rapidly deteriorate. A concerned friend found Meals on Wheels and called to see if she could get on the program. When a case manager met with Kusum she was at severe nutritional risk and she was immediately put her on the program. Kusum now receives three meals every weekday. "I am very thankful for all Meals on Wheels have done for me," said Kusum. "Now I have hope for the future."