Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano:
The Food Bank will continue to have pick food sites across the county. However services and routes have been modified. Please click the link above to access the most recent updates to services and routes throughout the county.
Loaves and Fishes of CC:
Our dining rooms are partially closed. No communal dining; they are serving "to go" meals outside from the doors of our dining rooms with groceries. They are serving at the dining rooms located in Oakley, Martinez, Antioch and Pittsburg and serving to our partner Trinity Center in Walnut Creek.
Monument Crisis Center:
Monument Crisis Center will be distributing emergency groceries (1 bag per each adult) for anyone in need of emergency food for themselves and their families on the following dates:
Friday, March 20, 2020 9am -12noon
Monday, March 23, 2020 9am -12noon
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9am -12noon
Additional distribution dates will be posted after re-evaluation of services and the current health & safety situation.
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region:
Home delivered meals are continuing uninterrupted. MOW Café’s are transferring to a weekly frozen delivery of 7 meals every Tuesday. They have to sign up by the Monday afternoon before to receive meals.
They are trying to recruit additional volunteers as many of our existing volunteers fall in the high-risk category and have understandably cancelled their shifts. I anticipate we will have more volunteers cancel as the shelter in place order sinks in.
They are providing additional supplies to our drivers – gloves, hand sanitizer, plastic bags, and Command hooks. We are instructing them to leave the meal on the senior’s porch, to ring the doorbell, and then to back away and watch them get the meal.
They are trying to respond to needs we have heard from our clients for cleaning products, hygiene products, and incontinence supplies.
Client at our Cafés will be receiving 7 frozen meals tomorrow (3/17), available for pick up or delivery. We will do the same next Tuesday (3/24). This has added the need for more drivers – and MOW will be using mainly staff to make that happen.
MOW Friendly Visitors program is going to provide all services over the phone. They are planning to ramp up calling services for seniors who may find themselves newly isolated during this time when social isolation seems to be getting worse.
Our Fall Prevention and Health and Exercise classes are temporarily suspended.
Our Care Management department is still providing services, but are trying to do as much over the phone as possible. We are also ramping up service in this area to help seniors process this crisis.
The Mount Diablo Unified School District announced a closure of its schools, effective March 17, 2020, with an expected duration through April 2, 2020. Spring Break is from April 3, 2020 to April 10, 2020. At this time, school is expected to resume on April 13, 2020.
The district’s goal will be to ensure a continuation of as many critical services as possible for the community going forward, including instruction, food services, and core payroll and business functions. They will provide free community meals for all children 18 years and younger. Limited food service will commence on Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
Eight locations throughout the District that will provide meals to students 18 and under. The sites include: Cambridge Elementary, Meadow Homes Elementary, El Dorado Middle School, Foothill Middle School, River View Middle School, Valley View Middle School, Ygnacio Valley High School and Mt. Diablo High School.
Meals will be provided from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. MDUSD will be providing lunch and breakfast food for the following day in each bag.
Please see the attached flyers for a list of locations:
Please refer to this Link or more information regarding MDUSD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
City of Concord Senior Emergency Food & Helping Hand Program:
https://Neighborexpress.org or call (925)338-1441
This is a city effort to help homebound seniors over the age of 60 with food insecurities. The City in partnership with Meals on Wheels Diablo Region and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Food Services will coordinate the delivery of ready to heat meals as well as match seniors with volunteers.
White Pony Express:
White Pony Express (WPE) remains OPEN for business. They will continue delivering food to those in need.
- WPE’s School Food Pantry Program will continue delivering food to ten free-lunch schools in the county at alternative distribution sites.
- They will make limited deliveries of needed clothing. No donations of clothing will be accepted while the shelter-in-place Order is in effect.
- WPE is putting stringent health guidelines in place to protect our volunteers.
Grocery store special hours for seniors and vulnerable
Big Lots: Stores are reserving first hour of each day for senior citizens and the vulnerable population.
Costco: members who are 60 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Dollar General: The first hour of the day is open to senior shoppers.
Nob Hill Foods: Offers curbside pickup for at-risk and senior patients for prescriptions at their Pharmacy locations. Starting Saturday, March 21, Nob Hill Foods will have two unique Senior Essentials Bags available for purchase at a discounted price. These bags can be picked up daily curbside or in store.
Safeway: From 6am to 9am Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for vulnerable shoppers, including seniors.
Target: Starting Wednesday, the first hour of shopping on Wednesdays is reserved for vulnerable guests nationwide.
Trader Joe’s: 785 Oak Grove Road, Concord – 9am to 7pm- call (925)521-1134 during regular business hours to provide grocery list and arrange payment and delivery at your vehicle.
Walmart: From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens.
Whole Foods: On Wednesdays, all Whole Foods Market stores will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the general public.