COOL TIP: Where San Diego Seniors Can Get Help During COVID-19 Emergency

San Diego residents over the age of 60 or with pre-existing conditions are perhaps the most vulnerable population during our current state of emergency.  In the coming months, they’ll be confronted by unique challenges.  Fortunately, there is help for these populations.  Price gouging (raising prices using shortages as a reason) is now illegal in San Diego.  If you see any items that have increased substantially in price, call the San Diego District Attorneys office at (619) 531-3507.  This helps protect you and other seniors who need essential items.   Here are some ways additional things that senior shoppers need to know.

211: Operating 24/7, 211 San Diego is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. 211 provides access to 6,000+ services, including Food Assistance, Health & Wellness, Senior Transportation resources and programs through the online database or phone line.

San Diego Food Bank: The Food Bank’s 200 food distribution sites throughout San Diego County are continuing to operate for families and seniors to receive food assistance during this crisis. Call 1-866-350-FOOD (3663).

Serving Seniors: Call 619 235-6572 and selection option 1. Seniors without access to a deliverable address can pick-up meals to-go at Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. 1525 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Breakfast pick-up: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 a.m.
Lunch pick-up: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Meals on Wheels of San Diego County: Available to anyone 60 or older or younger people with health considerations. Call 619.260.6110 or 1-800-5-SENIOR (736467).

Elderhelp: For, Housing Services/Escorted Transportation/Care Giver Services, call (619) 284-9281.

Aging and Independent Services: AIS provides services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities. For help, call (800) 339-4661.

Jewish Family Service: This includes their Foodmobile. For services, please call (858) 637-3210.

Free Car Rental For Healthcare:   Hertz and other car rental companies are making special deals available to healthcare workers.

Meal Kit Delivery Services

These companies will prepare food and recipes and then ship them to your house each week.  They do the shopping and preparatory work.   You do the cooking.  It’s not only safe but it can be fun trying out new recipes.  With the current stay-at-home restrictions, these services are more important than ever.  Here are four companies that serve San Diego households:

Stores That Make Special Accommodations To Seniors

Albertsons: & VONS:  7 a.m. – 9 a.m., M-F Southern California Stores: Honor System for Seniors, Pregnant Mothers, Customers with a Disability or Compromised Immune System

Barons Market9 a.m. – 10 a.m. shopping limited to seniors age 65+ only

Big Lots: Stores will be reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens and those vulnerable victims. CEO Bruce Thorn announced this change “to protect our friends and family.”

BI-LO: The southeast grocery store chain will designate 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., weekdays, as the shopping hour dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers.

Catalina Seafood:  This retail/wholesaler offers the freshest seafood in San Diego for seniors (60+), between 8AM-9AM, Tuesday-Friday.   Restaurant quality fish at supermarket prices.

Costco:  The warehouses will open its doors for members 60 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Dollar General: The discount chain announced the first hour of business for older and vulnerable shoppers.

Fresh Market: On weekdays the first shopping hour at Fresh Markets from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk (those with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes).

Gelson’s7 a.m. -8 a.m. for people 65 and older.

GTM Stores –  9-10am for seniors 65+

Northgate Gonzalez Market7 a.m. Daily: Seniors 65+, Pregnant Women, Customers with a Disability

Ralphs:  7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m daily at all locations, solely for the shopping needs of senior citizens over 65.

Safeway: From 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for vulnerable shoppers.

Specialty Produce:  One of the best sources of fresh produce in San Diego.  While they don’t have special hours, the store is a hybrid retail/wholesaler to restaurants and is rarely crowded.

Stop & Shop:  People over 60 and with weakened immune systems to shop from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Target:The first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for vulnerable guests.

Vallarta Supermarkets7-8 a.m. Daily: Seniors 65+, Pregnant Women, Customers with a Disability

Walmart:  Each Tuesday, from 6-7am customers aged 60 or older will be able to shop.

Whole Foods Market: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop from 7-8am.

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