Meals on Wheels provides more than food to homebound seniors

Photo: Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

Every weekday about 9:30 a.m., the buzzer sounds at the front door of Willie Tolliver’s bungalow off 98th Avenue, signaling a wecome visitor: A representative from Meals on Wheels has made her way up the accessible ramp outside and is waiting with food.

Most days Antoinette Bell brings one meal. On Fridays, it’s two.

The ever-changing menu can include pot roast and mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs with noodles, or baked fish with brown rice.

But Bell also brings the 87-year-old Tolliver, who lives alone and spends much of his time watching television, more than food: a smile, friendly banter and companionship, even if her visit lasts just a few minutes.

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