Meal distribution planned as community centers close

Elderly must send younger caregiver to pick up locations

OW Staff Writer | 3/26/2020, midnight

The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) ischanging its service delivery as a result of the coronavirus.

“Thousands of seniors rely on our congregate meal programs, as well as dozens of social activities hosted at each of our Community and Senior Centers,” said Otto Solorzano, acting director of WDACS. “Our goal is to ensure that the nutritional and social needs of our seniors continue to be met in a manner that protects their health and safety.”

The County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles operate 180 congregate meal sites which are now closed. To ensure older adults continue to receive meals, WDACS, along with its partners, including the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation, is distributing packaged and frozen meals for older adults at our meal site.

Older adults 65 and older must send a family member, friend, or caregiver who is under the age of 65 to pick-up meals at these sites. Residents may call their local meal provider to make arrangements. If they do not know their meal provider, residents may call (800) 510-2020 for assistance.

WDACS is also assessing ways to expand home-delivered meal services for seniors to reduce the need for meal distribution at our meal sites.