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Linda (left) and her best friend, Sue

Meet Linda, a long-time resident of California who still lives in the home where she was born and raised. Linda has been working at United Methodist Church in Castro Valley as a secretary for the past 19 years, and she is also one of Spectrum’s valued clients who regularly receives meals through the Senior Meals program.

Linda first learned about the Senior Meals program at United Methodist Church, which is one of Spectrum’s 12 Senior Meals Distribution sites. During the pandemic, she signed up for the program and began selecting several menu items each month that she enjoys and reserving her meals. Recently, Linda sent an email to Spectrum expressing her appreciation for a particular meal she received. She raved about the delicious turkey burger, fresh veggies, and sweet potato tots, and said she would reserve that meal every time it’s offered.

Linda’s feedback was so well received by Spectrum staff that they reached out to her for an interview. During the interview, Linda shared that she also loves the chicken fajitas with black beans and all of the fish entrees on the Senior Meals menu. However, what really stands out to Linda is the chance to interact with other clients and volunteers when picking up her lunch.

As someone who lives alone, it’s easy to start to feel isolated. Linda says that the Senior Meals program provides her with more than just a nutritious meal. It’s an opportunity to socialize and feel connected to her community. She appreciates the friendly and helpful volunteers, who always make her feel welcome. Linda also enjoys the crossword puzzles that are put out for clients. “It is a joy to go over to the hall and talk to everyone when I’m picking up my meal.”