New Metropolis Program To Present 10 Meals Per Week To 12,000 Seniors Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new program to ensure seniors across the city of Los Angeles have something to eat during the coronavirus pandemic.

“All of our work is focused on saving lives, but we know that seniors are particularly hard hit by this crisis,” Garcetti said during his briefing on Wednesday. “Under normal circumstances, our aging department provides meals to our older, low-income adults across town every day.”

A number of seniors who had relied on this food and community service ate their meals in the local community and senior centers, Garcetti said. And while these centers are no longer open, the Department of Aging has continued to offer one meal a day to 5,000 seniors across town.

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However, Garcetti said more seniors are food insecure as a result of the pandemic and more needs to be done to ensure their health and wellbeing.

“These are our grandparents and parents, our friends and neighbors,” said Garcetti.

The Mayor’s newest initiative, the Emergency Senior Meals Response, will double the number of meals seniors receive for the program from five a week to ten a week and more than double the number of seniors cared for by the program – a total of 12,000.

“People at home can make sure they are safe from COVID-19 while making sure it doesn’t come at the expense of receiving food,” Garcetti said.

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To enroll in the program, which is only open to Los Angeles city residents age 60 or older, call 213-263-5226 starting Thursday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

And on Friday and Saturday, the Los Angeles Food Bank is hosting mobile food pantry events through drive-through distribution for those faced with food insecurity.

On Friday, the grocery bank is located at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, 5350 Crenshaw Blvd. On Saturday, the food distribution in Carson will take place at the headquarters of Teamsters Local 572, 450 Carson Plaza, Unit A.

Distribution takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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