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“I Love When I Hear That Knock on the Door”

December 17, 2019

“I love living independently,” says 92-year-old Becky Babb.

Ms. Babb credits Meals on Wheels Central Texas for helping her achieve that all-important goal. Cooking for herself became a challenge when she developed problems with her vision. “I’m losing my eyesight,” she explains. And that’s why she called Meals on Wheels Central Texas for help. Our dedicated volunteers now deliver nutritious lunches, human interaction and quick safety checks to the North Austin apartment where she’s lived alone since her husband passed away in 1996. “To me, it’s a blessing. It really is a blessing,” she says of those eagerly anticipated visits.

There was a time when the thought of others cooking for her would have been unthinkable. She got married in 1944 while still a teenager. She and Calvin Babb, who served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, went on to have seven children together. “I cooked all my life, I felt like,” Ms. Babb recalls. Her cooking days now behind her, she enjoys receiving nutritional meals and companionship delivered right to her door by our friendly volunteers. “I love when I hear the knock on the door because I know my meal is here of course, but [the volunteers] are just nice people and they care,” she says.

Ms. Babb also appreciates her Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) case manager Jennifer Sassano: “She’s just a very nice person and very supportive. When she comes to visit, we have a nice visit. You know she is a caring person.”

Ms. Babb deeply appreciates MOWCTX’s assistance in helping her age in place with dignity. She says “I’ve never met a nicer bunch of people. Really, they’re all so nice. It’s wonderful. I just am so grateful.”