Meals on Wheels Diablo Region offers more than food deliveries

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At least once a week for the last 14 years, 86-year-old Joe Rubi has been greeted at his Pittsburg home by a friendly visitor bearing gifts, like beef, chicken, pasta, salad and bread.

The Meals on Wheels food is never accompanied by seasoning, since each client has different dietary restrictions, but it does come with a friendly smile, conversation and check-in. For Rubi, a retired naval shipyard machinist and Korean War veteran who loves to socialize, the visits are just as much about the people he meets as the nourishment.

“The ladies are special; they take time to talk to their clients and see how it’s going. That type of interaction, it strikes home to me,” Rubi said. “God bless ’em.”

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