(Courtesy: Alex Bauzon)
Every Tuesday afternoon you can hear the wheels of Herman Travis’ shopping cart clacking against the cracked, sloped sidewalks of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood — an annoying sound for any passerby. But for many residents in this low-income community the sound is heavenly. It’s their angel, 50-year-old Travis.
“It makes me feel good, seeing them smile when I knock on their door, it just makes me feel good,” Travis said humbly.
Travis is the lifeline for many of those who depend on him to eat.
With a cheery disposition, Travis delivers food to 60 neighbors who eagerly wait for his visit. Many recipients are elderly and disabled. Getting out of the house to pick up food from the San Francisco Food Bank and pantries is nearly impossible.
So Travis brings the food to them.
“It means a lot to me, as a senior. I can’t get out. I’m sort of confined to my house. It’s just a blessing, a blessing, something you can depend on, Herman’s always there with a smile,” recipient Millie Sheehy said.
Travis partnered up with the S.F. Food Bank to make this do-good deed possible. For the past three years, a truck has dropped off 1,300 pounds of food at the Holly Courts low-income housing complex where he lives. A handful of volunteers help Travis sort and pack brown paper grocery bags. He loads his cart and off he goes, on his three-hour mission to feed his neighbors.
“I don’t know how we would express it, except for saying that we would be completely lost without him,” Bebe Castaine, 81, said.
But besides feeding their stomachs, he also feeds their spirits. Everyone who answers the door beams with excitement, the smiles overflow.
“He spoils me rotten by coming to my door. And he’s always positive, he’s always got something nice to say.
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