Meals On Wheels of San Francisco

Feature in the Bay Area Reporter

The Bay Area Reporter Online | “Agency caters to homebound seniors”

Posted May 2, 2013

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More MOWSF in the news. Meet client Candi G., a 70-year-old who was profiled in the Bay Area Reporter this May.

Five days a week Polk Gulch resident Candi Guerrero has food delivered to her by a driver with Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. It’s been a weekly ritual for the last nine years.

“They make this great beef stew. It reminds me of when I lived in New Orleans and would eat at this French restaurant that served beef bourguignon,” said Guerrero, a transgender woman who celebrated her 70th birthday last month.

After reading about Meals on Wheels in an obituary in the Bay Area Reporter, Guerrero asked her doctor at the Tom Waddell Health Center, a city-funded clinic for transgender people, about the program. Guerrero, who uses a cane, was experiencing mobility issues due to arthritis and contracting hepatitis C.

Juggling the cost of her medications and grocery bills proved to be challenging. With her doctor’s recommendation, Guerrero was accepted as a Meals client.

“It is a life preserver as far as I am concerned,” she said.

Since 1970 the nonprofit agency has delivered nutritious meals to San Francisco seniors who want to age in their home but have trouble cooking their own meals or leaving the house to grocery shop. Today it serves 2,100 clients on a weekly basis.

Last fiscal year the agency delivered 1,060,199 meals. The majority fed people age 60 and over, while 80 clients are disabled young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 59 with most in their 50s.

“We are not serving seniors who are healthy enough to go to a food bank or congregate at a meal site. We are focused on someone who can’t leave the house to buy groceries or cook their own food consistently,” explained Ashley C. McCumber, 51, Meals’ executive director since 2007.

via The Bay Area Reporter Online | Agency caters to homebound seniors.