Home Meals for Los Angeles Seniors during the COVID-19 Pandemic
What is the Senior Meal Emergency Response Program?
The Safer at Home Order issued by Mayor Garcetti on March 19, 2020, provided restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our most vulnerable populations safe in their residences. But without easy access to food, there has been a growing number of food-insecure seniors throughout Los Angeles, who are at higher risk for developing serious complications from a COVID-19 illness.
The hospitality and restaurant industries have also been hard hit by the crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought travel to a standstill, causing massive job and revenue losses as hotel kitchens and restaurants are temporarily restricted from serving food in their premises. Both of these industries employ thousands of workers in L.A. across income levels and immigration statuses. These workers represent additional populations made vulnerable during this pandemic.
The Senior Meal Emergency Response Program supports both seniors and hard-hit hospitality and restaurant industries in the City of Los Angeles. The program provides home-delivered and healthy meals to seniors by partnering with Everytable, an L.A.-based social enterprise and restaurant chain, and the Hospitality Training Academy, an L.A.-based workforce development program founded in partnership with the labor union UNITE HERE Local 11. HTA trains low-income and marginalized communities in L.A. for careers in the hospitality industry.
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ADDITIONAL FOOD AND GROCERIES RESOURCES
There are a variety of organizations that can help with grocery delivery for free:
- LA Regional Food Bank: Runs a food bank network across the LA area. Call (323) 234-3030 for more information.
- If You Need Meals. St. Vincent Meals on Wheels: Serves anyone in need that lives within our service area, regardless of age, race, illness, disability, religion or ability to pay. All of our clients are homebound—confined to their homes because they are unable to shop or cook for themselves. Contact (213) 484-7775 between 8 AM and 4 PM or visit https://www.
- Project Angel Food: If you, a loved one, or someone you know has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and are unable to independently access healthy food, they can delivers meals (7) to a client one day per week, Monday through Friday. You must enroll through the application process and interview for meals to be confirmed. Contact (323) 845 -1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Project Angel Food Client Application: English, Spanish
- Urban Partners LA: Provides food pickup only. Call (213) 401-1191 or email email@example.com.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): A federally-funded program you may access by calling the State Hotline at 877-847-FOOD (3663). CalFresh helps California seniors 60+ buy healthy food at the grocery store. Individuals receiving CalFresh benefits will be able to order at-home delivery of groceries through their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card at Walmart and Amazon. However, the CalFresh benefits will only cover the cost of the food being ordered, not delivery.
- County Free Grocery Delivery Service: Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no delivery cost to the client. No application process is required, but items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup.Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
- Shopping Helpers LA: Pairs a college-aged volunteer with a senior or someone who is immunocompromised to take care of their grocery shopping needs — at no charge. Call 323-628-7071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request help.
- People4PeopleLA: Pairs volunteers with seniors to shop and deliver food, medicine and household supplies to elderly Angelenos and others who cannot leave their home during the pandemic. Call 707-390-0269 or email People4PeopleLA@gmail.com to make a request.
- Southeast Communities Corps - Provides food at the site at 2965 E. Gage, Huntington Park, CA 90255 on Mon, Weds, Fri - 9am-4pm. Call (323) 587-4221.
- San Fernando Valley Corps - Provides food at the site at 14917 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91411 on Mon, Weds, Fri - 9am-4pm, Tues & Thurs: 9-12pm. Call (818) 781-5739.
- EAST LA Corps - Provides food at the site at 140 N Eastman Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90063 on Mon, Weds, Fri - 9am-4pm. Call (323) 263-7577.
- LA Korean Corps - Provides food at the site at 933 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90006 on Mon, Weds, Fri - 9am-4pm.. Call (213) 480-0714, ext. 4