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Find food resources near you in LA County by exploring the information here, including an LA Food Bank pantry locator and other food distribution site information. I recommend you regularly check the pages on this site for updates. You can also use the 211 LA Food Finder to find food resources near you.
FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:
The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) distributes meals for older adults at the sites listed here. My office has also produced this list of senior meal program sites in and around our 40th Congressional District communities.
Adults 65 and older must send an under-65 family member, friend, or caregiver to pick up meals. You may call your local meal provider to make arrangements. If you are not aware of who your meal provider and/or need meals delivered to their home, you may call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance.
In addition, WDACS is offering the Great Plates Delivered program, which delivers three nutritious meals a day to older adults and adults at high risk from COVID-19, so these adults can stay home and stay healthy. To enroll, call 211. Individuals may qualify to receive meals if they:
• Are 65 or older, OR are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or are at high risk as defined by the CDC
• Are living alone or with one other program-eligible adult
• Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
• Earn between $25,520 to $74,940 (single) or between $34,380 to $101,460 (two-person household) a year
• Have difficulty accessing food resources or preparing their own meals
• Live in unincorporated LA County or a city that does not have its own "Great Plates Delivered" program
Emergency Senior Meals Response: For City of Los Angeles residents who are 60 years of age or older, in need of food, and NOT participating in other meal programs (such as Meals on Wheels or CalFresh), a temporary emergency home-delivery meal program has been created in response to the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. Applications are subject to verification by the City of Los Angeles and program partners. In order to receive meals, applicants will be asked for permission to share their information with program partners to ensure accurate delivery. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, seniors can join the emergency program by calling 213-263-5226, or by filling out this form.
CalFresh is a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods. For information about CalFresh benefits and how to apply for them, please click here.
Legal permanent residents, victims of trafficking, U visa applicants and holders, and others may be eligible for CalFresh. Visit the CalFresh Guide for more information on who is a qualified immigrant, and read more about Cal Fresh and immigrants here.
CalFresh recipients can now use their EBT card to purchase groceries online at Walmart and Amazon. You will be able to order food online that you would normally buy with your EBT card in-person and select home delivery. CalFresh Food benefits cannot be used to cover the cost of delivery at this time. For more information, visit EBT Online at cdss.ca.gov/ebtonline.
Free Pickup and Delivery Program:
WDACS has also launched a free pickup and delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No application process is required, however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.