The Los Angeles Department of Aging launched a resource map Friday that provides locations for residents to pick up meals on behalf of people 65 and older, and department officials reminded residents of coronavirus testing available to them.
All 85 congregate meal sites operated by the city of Los Angeles will remain closed until further notice, but department officials said the city and its community partners have been distributing packaged and frozen meals to older adults enrolled in the city’s meal program, and people can still pick up products at meal sites.
People enrolled in the food programs must send a family member, friend or caregiver under the age of 65 to pick up meals at the sites.
The map of the meal sites is available at bit.ly/2JbY04T. The map will be updated as needed, department officials said.
If a senior is not aware of who their meal provider is, or not enrolled in the Department of Aging meal program, they can call the department at 213-482-7252 to enroll. The phone line is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Seniors who already receive regular home meal delivery will have their services continued without interruption, the department stated.
The Department of Aging can be reached for other services and is providing social programs for people to interact remotely during the pandemic, as well as mental health resources.
The city of Los Angeles now has COVID-19 testing available to residents 65 and older, people experiencing symptoms of the virus or those who have underlying health issues.
People who are eligible can make an appointment at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing. People who do not have internet access can call the Mayor’s Help Desk at 213-978-1028 for assistance.
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