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Media Alert - Serving Seniors Transitions to Delivered Meal Services Amidst COVID-19 Concerns


Any senior in San Diego County in need of meals is eligible for free services, regardless of income

Serving Seniors has announced the temporary closure of all 15 of its congregate dining sites throughout San Diego County effective immediately. The nonprofit organization has rapidly transitioned to 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.

To support the large number of homeless seniors who visit the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center – the organization’s flagship dining site located in downtown San Diego on Fourth Avenue – Serving Seniors’ staff are offering pre-packaged to-go meals and transitioning clients to meal delivery options. To-go meals will also be available at all other dining congregate sites until all clients can be fully transitioned to meal delivery service.

The transition is critical in light of California State Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate that all people over the age of 65 should stay home and self-quarantine. Free meals from Serving Seniors are available to anyone aged 60 or over, regardless of income. If you are a senior in need, or know of a senior in need, you can sign up to receive meals by calling 619 235-6572 and selecting option one, or reaching out via email at While recipients have the option of making a donation for the meals, nobody is turned away if they do not have the means to do so.

“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,” said Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey. “We are working diligently to provide meals to as many seniors as possible for the weeks and months to come. Whether you’re a brand new client, or a longtime client, we will be able to get you the nutritious meals you need.”

The mission of Serving Seniors is made possible through the generous donations of the community. Now, more than ever, Serving Seniors is relying on donations to continue providing resources to vulnerable seniors throughout the county. To learn more on how you can help, or to make a donation, please visit today.

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