In the late 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic was gripping the nation, Ruth Henricks had a frequent patron at her diner who was struggling with the disease and could no longer cook for himself. One day he stopped showing up. Ruth tried to deliver a meal to him, but couldn’t find him and never saw him again. In the process, she realized she had a gift to feed the sick. In 1990, Ruth started Special Delivery San Diego, an organization that delivers breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, to people living with AIDS. Ruth has since expanded to serve anyone with a chronic illness and has fed nearly 6,000 people more than 1 million meals.
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