Delivery meal programs are generally designed to help those who are homebound, ill and frail to periodically get a nutritious meal that is ready or near-ready to eat. Collective meal programs are also designed to assist seniors to obtain a nutritious meal, but they are not reserved for those who have mobility or health problems. The meal programs have many benefits other than nutrition, including getting out, socializing and even having participants volunteer their own time. Kenneth Quick is an individual who personifies the Meals on Wheels meal delivery program in Missoula. He is concerned about his community members who are not able to have nutritious meals so he works to ensure he can assist as many of them as possible. He is the messenger, but he is also seen as a friend.
Ken is always willing to drive, even at a moment’s notice. He has trained numerous new drivers and is friendly, caring, compassionate and professional. Ken’s clients are always happy to see him because he takes the time to visit with them and listen to them. He makes it a priority to hear his client’s stories and concerns and is distracted or concerned about his next delivery. Ken treats each of his clients as if they are his only clients.
Ken has been driving for the Missoula Meals on Wheels program for the past four years and is lauded as one of the group’s most dedicated volunteers. In addition to his work with Meals on Wheels, Ken also donates his time with the St. Pat’s Mending Hearts Club, where he visits with patients that are having heart surgery.
In his spare time, Ken is an avid bowler. When he is not volunteering, he is a faithful mall walker who enjoys a cup of coffee and making new friends. Ken has a wonderful sense of humor that endears him to all who know him. Because of his dedication and commitment to service, the Missoula Meals on Wheels nominated Ken as their Senior of the Year.