Individuals who continue to limit travel and stay home are pivoting to navigate how they access resources in new ways through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the shelter in place restrictions are beginning to ease, individuals should continue to only leave their home for essential activities.
The State of California COVID-19 website at covid19.ca.gov shares a variety of different resources available for individuals who are looking for assistance to locate and obtain groceries and meal services. A few food resources are:
- CalFresh food benefits help people purchase foods at most grocery stores (online or in-person) and farmers markets. Families with children and older adults 65 and older may be eligible for the social services program.
- Food banks and food pantries provide grocery products and prepared meals to community members in need.
- Home-delivered meals provide nutritious meals to homebound older adults who are unable to prepare or cook for themselves on a consistent basis.
Local agencies are available to provide information about services and resources for older adults, such as:
- An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) that coordinates a wide array of services for seniors and adults with disabilities at the community level and serve as the focal point for local aging concerns. Dial 1(800) 510-2020 to find your local AAA.
- Connect2Affect helps seniors find support services in their area, such as food and medical care.
- 211 is a free and confidential information and referral service that connects people to local resources.
- Eldercare Locator connects older adults and their families to services and resources in their local community.
To learn more about local services and support near you, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.