HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- When Meals On Wheels volunteers come knocking to deliver lunch or dinner to kupuna in need, they often end up providing much more than food.
Those outreach workers can become a safety net and lifeline - when living conditions aren't exactly up-to-par.
Volunteers with both Hawaii Meals On Wheels and Catholic Charities say, during their deliveries, they've sometimes found seniors who've slipped and fallen, hoarders, and folks who are truly isolated.
Claire Shimabukuro, executive director of Hawaii Meals On Wheels, delivers food to seniors twice a month. Over the years, she's seen it all. She explains, "It's about hunger, but more than that, it's about loneliness and dignity and independence."