Katharine Broadnax, who has successfully fought cancer twice, including a recent battle, was doubly worried about her health when the COVID-19 pandemic descended.
She knew that older people were susceptible, and that cancer patients and survivors were at twice the risk. Broadnax, 77, knew her best chance for survival was to hunker down in her San Ramon apartment, avoiding outside trips and exposure to people, even her friends and family.
She wasn’t sure how she could manage that until someone suggested she contact Meals on Wheels Diablo Region, which offers Contra Costa County seniors meal deliveries to their homes, along with an assortment of other programs.
“There was a lot of uncertainty,” Broadnax said. “I wasn’t even sure they would accept me. I thought with all the budget cuts and so many people needing food that this service didn’t exist anymore.”