Jean Viard

Jean Viard
Driver for JASA’s Home Delivered Meal Program

Jean Viard arrives at JASA first thing in the morning to get his truck ready. He assembles the meals for his route, counts them to make sure there are enough for his scheduled deliveries, then gets on the road by 9 a.m. His trip will include stops at up to 60 homes for seniors who may not see anyone else all day. “I know for sure they’re waiting for me. It’s very touching. This is work that really matters.”

Jean explains that, to him, it is not just about delivering nutritious meals, it’s also a chance to check in on homebound individuals on a daily basis. Sometimes, he says, they have difficulty getting to the door. Other times, they are right there waiting for me. “Every once in a while, I find someone in trouble and need to call emergency services for help.” That was the case recently, when one of the seniors on his route had fallen. He found a woman on his Monday rounds, who had fallen over the weekend. “I called 911 and got her the help she needed. I waited with her until they arrived. I was so glad I was there that day and able to help!”

According to Jean, he knows that the meals are important, but for many of these people, he sees that the chance to get a visit from the outside world is even more meaningful. To have someone give them a smile, and ask about them, make sure they’re OK, is what the program really is about, he says. “It’s very touching to me that I may be the only person that someone will see all day. They ask me if I’ll be back tomorrow, and I am always so happy to say, ‘Yes, you can be sure you will see me again tomorrow!’ and see them smile.” Jean adds that he genuinely likes to go to work every day. “It just makes me feel good.”