There are specific resources for seniors throughout Southern California during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you need help, or if you would like to help those in need, NBC4 has gathered a list of resources for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. NBC4 also has a list of resources for the general public here.
Free Meals Seniors Can Pick Up in LA
Utilize Senior Shopping Hours
Grocery stores throughout Southern California have begun offering designated "Senior Citizen Shopping Hours" for senior citizens to shop amid coronavirus concerns. Here's a list of all the local stores offering additional times for seniors and those immune compromised. Here is a list of food banks throughout Southern California.
Get Your Shopping Done For You
If you don't want to leave the house there are groups throughout SoCal offering to pick up essentials for seniors.
- Leave It To Us connects senior citizens with college students who will go out to do grocery shopping for seniors and deliver the groceries right their doors free of charge.
- In West LA, Central Inland Empire and the South Bay, Chefs for Seniors is offering healthy pre-made meals as well as shopping for additional essentials.
- In El Segundo, The Rotary Club and Recreation & Parks Department developed a Senior Outreach program to help senior shoppers. Call 310-524-2705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Throughout LA County, seniors can use CalFresh Restaurant Meal Programs to get meals from specific restaurants.
- Throughout LA County, you can volunteer with or receive meals from Meals on Wheels.
- A free grocery delivery program for seniors and people with disabilities was launched in Los Angeles County to help residents who are more vulnerable to coronavirus. The countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items and other vital necessities to those unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Los Angeles Department of Aging has a emergency food delivery program. Vulnerable seniors may receive deliveries of five meals, delivered twice a week. The meals can be frozen for a later time and heated up in their microwaveable containers.
- LA County's "Great Plates Delivered" will enable three meals a day to be delivered to those who qualify. The county's criteria to be in the program is posted here. Restaurants interested in participating in the program may fill out an interest form here.
Looking to Help? Join the COVID-19 Kindness Task Force
Join the Beverly Hills COVID-19 Kindness Task Force. The force was created to help the vulnerable meet their needs and to bring community back to those in isolation.
Use Essential Services
In Los Angeles, the Salvation Army has been designated as an essential service. Some of the services they are offering are emotional care and social services through the phone. They also are disturbing cleaning and hygiene kits.
All senior centers served by the Los Angeles Department of Aging have been closed until further notice. Updates and resources will be posted to their page.
Connect With Others
Struggling to cope with the anxiety and stress over the coronavirus pandemic?
- Talk it out with someone through a LA Works tele-social program that matches home-bound seniors with volunteers.
- Call or connect with the Institute on Aging's Friendship Line.
- Facetime, call or Skype family members and friends.
Know Your Resources
Note: This page will be continually updated as more information becomes available.