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LA’s Emergency Senior Meals Response Program Expands During COVID-19 Crisis

LA's Emergency Senior Meals Response Program Expands

The Mayor of LA gave an update on the emergency meal program for seniors this week, which has been expanded so that more seniors could stay at home safely but also receive meals.

Mayor Garcetti updated the public on the second phase of the Senior Meal Emergency Response Program. The city’s Emergency Seniors Meal Program provides free, emergency home-delivery meals to seniors who qualify.

Garcetti posted on Twitter “Proud to announce the second phase of our Senior Meal Emergency Response program. Thanks to @CAGovernor, we can now use State & FEMA dollars to expand our work to feed seniors, while helping our hard-hit hospitality and restaurant industry employ workers laid-off by this crisis.”

“Our first partnership with @LosAngelesHTA will put people back to work. With support from our City Council, we’ve identified more restaurants to direct seniors in need from their district, and meals will be delivered by taxicab drivers –– another industry hit hard by this crisis.” He added.

“We are going to do this in a way that also helps one of our hardest-hit industries, our local restaurants and hospitality workers that work in hotels and restaurants across Los Angeles. They have seen a huge drop in business,” Garcetti said.

Starting tomorrow from 9am-5pm, seniors in need of a home delivered meal can call 213-263-5226 or visit http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/SeniorMeals to enroll. Restaurants that are ready to step up and help can also visit this website to join our efforts.” Mayor added.

Last week, the Mayor also provided an update.

“Last week I announced my Emergency Senior Meals Program would try to double the number of seniors from 5,000 to more than double, 12,000, and ensure that 7,000 new seniors would receive 10 meals a week for up to 10 weeks. Let me put that in perspective,” he said. “We went from 5,000 seniors five days a week getting a single meal, 25,000 meals, pre-crisis to trying to get to 120,000 meals per week.”

“This is a Herculean undertaking but we are up to it,” Garcetti said Friday.

Garcetti said in addition to the 5,000 seniors that have already been enrolled, another 6,000 seniors enrolled this week. 

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