Meals on Wheels brightens days for Alameda County seniors

(Photo Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Macular degeneration has darkened, but not completely taken Caroline Ericksen’s eyesight. And the 95-year-old retired clerical worker’s days brighten when the doorbell of her apartment near Lake Merritt rings in the early afternoon.

Ericksen is one of 1,200 at-risk seniors living in Oakland, Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo who receive well-balanced meals five days a week from local nonprofit Service Opportunities for Seniors (SOS) Meals on Wheels.

“I look forward to having them come,” said Ericksen, who shares her apartment with her 20-pound cat Noka. “All their volunteers are wonderful, very courteous and very polite. If there is something you really like, they will bring it for you.”

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