To the Residents of the 49th Congressional District:
We know this pandemic is overwhelming and that socially distancing ourselves can be isolating, so instead of our regular monthly in-person Town Hall, we will be hosting a weekly virtual Town Hall live every Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm for the duration of this crisis.
The next free Town Hall will be live-streamed on this page on Saturday, July 11th at 3:30pm. You can also click here to join in on Facebook. Just scroll down for the live feed.
To submit a question in advance, please email us: email@example.com
For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the links below for the latest information:
Health & Safety Resources:
For anyone in need of help, please call or text the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE
If you have lost your health insurance or if you need to apply for emergency health coverage or Medi-Cal coverage, please visit Covered California.
Economic Resources for Individuals, Small Businesses & Non-Profits:
If you have lost your job and need to file an unemployment application, click here.
Internet providers including Cox and Spectrum are offering free or reduced cost plans for families in need with children in grades K-12 who are attending schools that have switched to online learning.
San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund:
San Diegans impacted by layoffs, reduced pay, or other economic hardships, as well as non-profit organizations that support communities highly economically impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance.
You can sign up to receive text updates from County health officials with real-time information about COVID-19 in your area:
To sign up for text updates in Orange County, text OCCOVID19 to 888777
To sign up for text updates in San Diego County, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311
How you can help:
Food & Shopping Resources:
Helen Woodward Pet Food Assistance “AniMeals” Program: Helen Woodward Animal Center is providing pet food to San Diegans affected by COVID-19. Elderly community members with a disability and laid-off workers. Options include “drive-through” style pet food distributions (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday), giving out a two-week supply of dog or cat food per pet/per household (maximum 3 pets). Seniors call: Helen Woodward AniMeals Program: 858.756-4117 ext 341.
Through the PAWS San Diego pantry program, anyone can visit San Diego Humane Society’s campus location in Oceanside, as well as Escondido and San Diego, between 10:00am and 1:00pm to pick up a bag of dog or cat food, as well as other supplies, such as cat litter, pet treats, and more while supplies last. Click here to donate or volunteer for the program.
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).
San Diego Food Bank: The San Diego and North County Food Banks’ programs continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, with 200 distribution sites throughout San Diego County. If you are in need of food assistance, please call 2-1-1 from your phone, and a 2-1-1 operator will provide you with the location of your nearest food distribution site. For more information, please click here.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County: Second Harvest Food Bank has strengthened their partnership with 211 and are in daily correspondence to monitor their pantry network and the availability of food in real time. Should you need food assistance, please visit 211oc.org or ocfoodhelp.org. You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 for the nearest location.
Expanded Store Hours for Seniors:
Albertsons: The companies’ 2,200+ stores nationwide are setting aside dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems, who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible. At a minimum, the company will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated. Customers should check their store’s hours if they’re opening on a different schedule. Click here for a list of stores.
Barons Market: 9:00am-10:00am, SENIORS ONLY. Age 65+. The market installed plexiglass barriers at registers.
Big Lots: Stores will be reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens.
BI-LO: The southeast grocery store chain will designate 8:00am-9:00am., weekdays, as the shopping hour dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers.
Costco: Effective March 24, the warehouse store will have senior member hours for those 60 years old and up Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am-9:00am.
Dollar General: The discount chain announced the first hour of business in its 16,000 stores in 44 states for older and vulnerable shoppers. The company also announced all stores will close one hour earlier to give employees a chance to clean and restock the shelves.
Food 4 Less: 7:00am-7:30am daily.
Fresh Market: On weekdays the first shopping hour at Fresh Markets from 8:00am-9:00am. will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk (those with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes).
Gelson’s: 7:00am-8:00am for people 65 and older.
Northgate Gonzalez Market: 7:00am daily: Seniors 65+, Pregnant Women, and customers with disabilities.
Publix: The company announced it’s designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7:00-8:00am, as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, and continue until further notice. Publix Pharmacy will also open at 7:00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Ralph’s: 7:00-7:30am daily.
Safeway: From 7:00-9:00am Tuesday and Thursday, the company is reserving time for vulnerable shoppers.
Target: All stores will close by 9:00pm daily, but the first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for vulnerable guests. The modified closing time will allow for employees to clean and restock the shelves.
Trader Joe’s: Line for seniors with expedited entry: Daily from 9:00-10:00am.
Vallarta Supermarkets: 7:00am daily: Seniors 65+, Pregnant Women, and customers with disabilities.
VONS: 7:00-9:00am, Monday-Friday in Southern California Stores: Honor system for seniors, pregnant mothers, customers with a disability or compromised immune system.
Walgreens: Seniors only on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00am.
Walmart: Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00am, customers age 60 and older will be able to shop through April 28.
Whole Foods Market: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.
Our nation has faced major challenges before, and in every instance, the American people have worked together to get the job done. I know we will get through this crisis, together.
Thank you and please stay safe.
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