Department:
Health and Human Services Agency

Date:
4/21/2020
Contact:
Yasmin Hichborn

Phone:
530-642-4833

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM PROVIDES DRIVE-UP TAKE-OUT MEALS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19


(Placerville, CA) - With the Governor’s orders to stay-at-home and older adults in the high risk group for COVID-19, the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition program has made adjustments to keep its older adult clients safe and to ensure that those who rely on their meals continue to have access to them. The Senior Nutrition program is now offering drive-up "Take-Out" meals for all El Dorado County residents age 60 years and older. These hearty meals are delicious and designed to meet the nutritional needs of seniors.

To participate in the Take-Out program, seniors must reserve their meal in advance. Seniors can pick up a hot meal every day or can order up to 7 meals per week. This would include one hot meal and 6 frozen meals. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at one of several drive-up locations in El Dorado County. The drive-up locations are:

Placerville Senior Center

Cameron Park Community Center

Pioneer Park Community Center

Greenwood Community Center

Pollock Pines Community Center

South Lake Tahoe Senior Center

"The process for reserving meals is very easy," said Ruth Green, Program Coordinator with the Senior Nutrition Program. "Seniors or their caregivers can call me the day before or by 9:00 a.m. the day of their pick-up. The phone number is (530) 621-6160. When leaving a message, please be sure to include the location where you are planning to pick up your meal. Individuals can pick up meals for seniors who are family members, neighbors and friends. In the South Lake Tahoe area, meals can be reserved by calling Connie Giesen at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. The phone number for Connie is (530) 573-3130."

There is no need to leave the car when picking up a meal. Seniors can drive up, give their name, and be provided with their reserved meals. Voluntary contributions are accepted. The suggested contribution is $3.00/meal.

In addition to the Take-Out meals, the Senior Nutrition Program continues to provide lunchtime meals for vulnerable homebound seniors through the Home Delivered Meal program. These meals are delivered by a dedicated core of community volunteers and program staff.

"We’re very thankful for the many volunteers who are continuing to serve the seniors in our community," said Rich Todd, Older Adult Services Program Manager. "We're doing everything we can to ensure El Dorado County seniors receive nutritious meals during this time."

For questions about the Senior Nutrition program or other services for seniors in El Dorado County, call the (530) 621-6160 or Senior Information & Assistance at (530) 621-6369. Information about senior programs can also be found at https://www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx. For information about COVID-19, visit the County’s COVD-19 web page at https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19.aspx

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