Omaha woman delivers "Real Meals" to seniors

Posted at 6:13 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 09:13:56-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV)  — Cassonda June cooks meals for elderly people all over town and delivers them meals weekly. For free.

June tells us, it's not about the money she spends to feed people, it's the faces she sees every single week that keep her going.

"It's good honey because I don't have to cook," Real Meals customer Mary Cooper said. "I wish it would happen every day, but I know I can't it can't happen everyday, I just love it because I don't have to cook, and I say thank you Jesus."

80-year-old Mary Cooper says she looks forward to seeing June every week.

"I like everything she makes really," Cooper said. I like her fried chicken."

Cooper has known June well over 30 years, but June changed her life when she started delivering Cooper's meals last year.

"I do it because I know that they appreciate it," June said.

She started her meal delivery service, Real Meals, a year ago. More than 1600 meals later, June's delivering meals to nearly 40 elderly or disable people across the metro.

June says she has about 15 people on a waiting list.

We're just really there to make somebody's day and that's what I enjoy most, making someone's day," she said.

A few weeks ago, June started a new job so she could continue cooking the meals. She says it gets expensive, but it's worth it.

"If nobody donates I'm able to do it myself," June said. It's hard to do it yourself but I don't want a lapse. I don't want folks to not think I'm coming, they expect me there."

And June always delivers, no matter what the conditions are outside.

"It's just right and I don't have to add anything to it, I just put in that microwave and sit down and eat,"Cooper said. She brings me enough for 3 or 4 days, I can't eat all that food."

June's passion is helping others, especially those whose families can't always be there.

"Now it's at the point where some of the folks see what I'm doing with their family members and they're starting to take on the responsibility themselves," she said. So people will fall off the list because their family has decided you know what, we can do this."

June says she'll continue her Real Meals no matter what it cost, she just hopes the community is inspired to give the way she has.

You can help June's cause by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/real-meals-for-our-seniors .