Rose Tribolet stands in a dimly lit hallway and knocks loudly on a hotel room door. She announces shes with Meals on Wheels and an elderly woman opens up. A Chihuahua named Mr. Perfect darts out to greet their visitor before scurrying back to the room that Sue Brown calls her home. This has saved my life, exclaims Brown, who sits eagerly on the edge of her bed, holding a prepackaged meal of pasta primavera and green beans.
Its important to them, says Tribolet, 71, a volunteer driver with the Meals on Wheels by ACCs home-delivered meals program. Maybe its the only food theyre gonna get.
Many homebound seniors in Sacramento County say the meal comes second to the socialization and safety-net services they get from having a volunteer visit them at their home. It all comes from the heart, says Tribolet. Cant beat that.
For information on Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities call (916) 444-9533 or go to mowsac.org.
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