Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach launches delivery service for older adults during coronavirus pandemic

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The City of Manhattan Beach is coordinating with other agencies, including Meals on Wheels, to help deliver food to older adults during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Meals on Wheels

The City of Manhattan Beach is coordinating a resource delivery program that will serve older adults who need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The program is in partnership with the Rotary Club, Salvation Army, and Beach Cities Health District. 

The program can be reached at the Older Adult hotline  310-802-5010 and will coordinate meals, transportation, medication, groceries, or other essential items from community and city employee volunteers. 
“During this difficult time, it is incumbent upon our community to step up and assist the identified vulnerable populations associated with this pandemic. I’m proud to say our community has stepped up. Volunteers from the Rotary Club, Beach Cities Health District, Salvation Army, City employees, Neighborhood Watch, and our CERT Team are all on board and will do all they can to assist older adults,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery. 
The hotline is available seven days a week, Monday – Friday (6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and Saturday – Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Upon calling the hotline, City staff will coordinate how resources will be delivered in partnership with the Rotary Club, Redondo Beach Salvation Army’s Meals on Wheels Program, and Beach Cities Health District. 
For specific assistance with hot meal delivery, older adults may contact the Salvation Army’s Meals on Wheels program, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., directly at 310-318-2827. In addition, the Beach Cities Health District has a helpline for emotional support and ongoing care management for older adults and adults with disabilities. Beach Cities Health District staff is available 7 days a week, 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m. by calling 310-374-3426 ext. 256.

Also, some stores in Manhattan Beach have begun establishing “Old Adult Hour” for grocery shopping or picking up medications. Stores so far offering special hours for older adults so far include Mother’s Market (1700 Rosecrans Ave.) from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesdays only; Grow (1830 N. Sepulveda Blvd.) 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, with home delivery also offered (call 310-844-6232); and Gelson’s (707 N. Sepulveda Blvd.) from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily, with pre-order or store pick-up also available (call 424-452-0412)



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