From quick meals that can be picked up to food dropped off at homes, Riverside County is offering several free food options to disabled and vulnerable adults as stay-at-home orders continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adults who have a disability or are over age 60 can contact Riverside County Office on Aging, which offers food delivery for critical emergencies, two weeks supply of pantry and essential items, home-delivered meals, and Grab-and-Go meal packages at community center locations.
Seniors or disabled adults can call 800-510-2020 or visit www.rcaging.org to determine their need for any one of the following service options:
Details on Office on Aging’s program can be found at www.rcaging.org
Riverside County is currently accepting inquiries from the public and businesses interested in participating in the Restaurants Deliver program. Please check our website daily to confirm the status of the program has changed to “Active.” If you are a food business and have a delivery system in place, complete the interest form found online at www.rcaging.org
The County of Riverside and its community-based partners have rushed to address growing food insecurity with the new Courtesy Pantry program, a service available to seniors and adults with disabilities who are unable to go out to get essential food for themselves during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The pantry boxes are distributed on a weekly basis to those who have shown the greatest need. The Salvation Army gets the food and fills the boxes. Habitat for Humanity stores, coordinates deliveries and distributes them without having to make contact.
Courtesy Pantry delivers up to a two-week supply of shelf-stable food and produce. Contents also include other essential items such as toilet paper and toothpaste, along with instructions on how to apply for benefits. The boxes typically arrive between five and seven days after requesting to be put on the list. This Courtesy Pantry is available to persons age 60 and older and adults with disabilities living in Riverside County. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-510-2020.
In response to an increasing number of requests for resources, Riverside County has released an online map to connect residents to food resources. Food Access gives directions to local senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries within a 10-mile radius. Food Access supports food pantry operators, who have received fewer donations at a time when they are also seeing double or triple the number of individuals and families in need. Community members who want to donate food or funds can use the website to locate their nearest food pantry.
Food Access is available on www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus and on the RivCoMobile app (available on iOS and Android).