Serving Seniors Responds to Coronavirus
Up-to-date news regarding measures being taken by Serving Seniors to address the novel coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to check back regularly.
It is our utmost priority to keep everyone associated with Serving Seniors healthy and safe, while also ensuring that we meet the needs of our senior clients who need us now more than ever. We are working diligently to provide meals to as many seniors as possible for the weeks and months to come.
Meals & Services
Due to state mandates and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 15 of Serving Seniors' congregate dining sites have been temporarily closed. We rapidly transitioned to home delivered meals for all clients to continue meeting the needs of the thousands of low-income and homeless seniors who rely on meals as a primary source of nutrition to survive. Since the mandate for seniors to self-quarantine, our organization has experienced a 7-fold increase in the number of meals it is distributing, going from around 800 meals a day to about 5,500. We pivoted on a dime to accommodate this unprecedented number of meal sign-ups, which has put us at capacity for accepting new senior clients at this time.
To support the large number of homeless seniors who visit the our Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, we are offering pre-packaged to-go meals daily for seniors to pick-up at the center.
Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center
1525 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Breakfast pick-up, Mon-Sat: 7-8 a.m.
Lunch pick-up, daily: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Note: No breakfast pick-up on Sundays.
For additional resources for older adults, please contact Aging & Independence Services at 1-800-339-4661.
Ways to Help
Serving Seniors is relying on donations now more than ever to continue providing services and reach even more vulnerable seniors throughout the county. Donations specifically go towards increasing:
- Number of drivers and staff to process new clients
- Number of delivery vans
- Kitchen resources (i.e. additional staff, refrigeration, storage, etc.)
- Number of meals
We have started a Senior Nutrition Emergency Fund to ensure we have the resources necessary to continue delivering meals to food insecure and quarantined seniors during this crisis.
DONATE to our Senior Nutrition Emergency Fund
CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER to support seniors
VOLUNTEER with our crisis response efforts. Please contact Elle Leidy, Activities & Volunteer Coordinator, (619) 487-0605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us every weekday for daily Facebook Live updates at 2:30 p.m. PST. During this live video feed, you will hear from Serving Seniors President & CEO, Paul Downey about the most up-to-date information on Serving Seniors and the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During the live video we'll answer community member's questions/comments or, if we don’t have the answers, we’ll do our best to find them. To tune in, follow us on Facebook and visit our page Mon-Fri at 2:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/ServingSeniorsSD/
March 10, 2020