Meals on Wheels provides nutrition to disabled WWII vet

Patch Curtis said he felt guilty for years about his son Joseph scheduling his work and his life around making meals for dad.

Joseph Curtis had heard about Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services in a previous life as the director of a cable-access TV talk show. It sounded like a great match for his father, for many reasons: “I’m a good cook, but I’m not a nutritionist,” Joseph said. “And this simplifies my life a bit.”

Patch — his given first name — became a Meals on Wheels client about six months ago. The 95-year-old is glad not only for the tasty, low-salt, nutritionally balanced meals but also for the break they provide his hard-working son.

“It takes Joe off the problem, and that’s just doggone terrific,” said Patch, a disabled World War II veteran, Purple Heart recipient and long-retired tool-and-die industry craftsman and foreman. Patch gets a midday meal each weekday from the Walnut Creek-based nonprofit, which — as its name suggests — parlays its contacts with seniors getting meals into determining whether they need other services, too, mostly health-related.

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