COVID-19 Food Resources

Dear Community Members of the 31st Senate District:

 

Over the last few weeks, our lives have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19 and many in and around our community find themselves confronted by food insecurity. For community members seeking support (and for those of us seeking to give support), I hope the resources below can help inform you about options available nearby.

New: Visit the Countywide Food Resource Listings -  Riverside County Food Access Map 

Resources for Seniors

With our current public health concerns, it is important to make sure that the most vulnerable community members are provided with the services and resources they need. Below, you will find local organizations that offer meals and other services to seniors.

Riverside County Office of Aging – https://www.rcaging.org/Office of Aging  – Nutrition Sites

Meals on Wheels Riverside –  https://www.riversidemow.org/

FSA Senior Services – https://www.fsaca.org/ –  FSA Locations

MoVal Meals – https://www.movalmeals.org/  (For Moreno Valley Residents)

Crossroads Church – Feed Corona – https://www.crossroadschurch.com/feedcorona/ (Grocery and Prescription Pickup/Delivery for older adults in the City of Corona)

Or dial 2-1-1 on your phone to be connected with a local call specialist who can help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.

 

SHOPPING HOURS FOR SENIORS AND OTHER VULNERABLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS: The following businesses have volunteered to designate specific times for older members of our community as well as those most vulnerable so they can shop for the supplies they need. These hours are based on available information. For specific store locations and information, call your local grocery stores.

 

City of Corona

  • Stater Bros.: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Smart and Final: 7:30 am – 8 am, for seniors and shoppers with disabilities.
  • Cardenas Market: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors, shoppers with disabilities, and first responders.

 

City of Eastvale

  • Masala House Grocery: 9 am - 10 am, for seniors.
  • Smart and Final: 7:30 am – 8 am, for seniors, pregnant women, and shoppers with disabilities.
  • Albertsons and Vons: 7 am – 9 am for vulnerable at-risk shoppers and seniors.
  • Target: 8 am – 9 am, WED seniors 65+ and those with medical conditions.
  • Ralph’s: prioritizing seniors in line when they open at 8 am and they will be closing at 8 pm.

 

City of Jurupa Valley

  • Mission Marketplace: 8 am – 9 am, for seniors [on Tuesday seniors 65+ can receive a 10% discount]

 

City of Moreno Valley

  • Winco: 6:30 am - 7 am reserved for senior shoppers only.
  • Costco: No waiting for shoppers with disabilities.
  • Smart & Final: 7:30 am - 8 am, seniors and shoppers with disabilities only.
  • Super Target: Wednesdays, 7 am - 8 am, seniors and shoppers with disabilities only.
  • Stater Bros.: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Cardenas Market: 7 am – 8 am for seniors, shoppers with disabilities, caregivers and first-responders only.

 

City of Perris

  • Winco: 6:30 am – 7:30 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Cardenas Market: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Dollar General: 8 am – 9 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Food 4 Less: 7 am – 7:30 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Stater Bros.: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.
  • Walmart: TUES 6 am – 7 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.

 

City of Riverside

  • Riverside's New Food, Grocery, and Nutrition Resources Page
  • Cardenas Market: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors, shoppers with disabilities, pregnant women, service men and women.
  • Clarks: 8 am – 9 am, for seniors.
  • Maxi Food: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors, pregnant women, and shoppers with disabilities.
  • Northgate: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors.
  • Smart and Final: 7:30 am – 8 am, for seniors.
  • Stater Bros.: 7 am – 8 am, for seniors and other vulnerable members of our community.

 

*The City of Norco has not yet shared which store locations have dedicated hours for vulnerable community members. Please call your local grocery stores to find out what options may be available for you.

 

School Districts Providing To-Go Meals for Students

California recognizes that for many families across our state, the meals that their students receive at school are an important component of their overall nutrition. In an effort to ensure that students are still able to access nutritious meals during the school closures, the following districts will be providing To-Go meals. For information regarding their serving times visit:

Alvord Unified School DistrictFacebook

Corona Norco Unified School DistrictFacebook

Jurupa Unified School DistrictFacebook

Moreno Valley Unified School DistrictFacebook

Perris Elementary School DistrictFacebook

Perris Union High School DistrictFacebook

Riverside Unified School DistrictFacebook

Springs Charter SchoolsFacebook

Val Verde Unified School DistrictFacebook

 

If your school is experiencing difficulties providing meals, many of the districts will be providing meals to all students 18 years of age or younger, regardless of district attendance. Check your surrounding school districts to find out which broader options are available to you. To receive the latest information regarding serving times and locations, be sure to visit the respective school districts’ websites or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Additionally, the California Department of Education offers a “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app that assists students and families in finding meals during the current school closures. The app is available for free; download through Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store web pages.

For more information about the app, visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp.

 

Food Banks in Our Area

Food banks have long provided our community with food in times of struggle. To learn about where to find the nearest local food bank, visit https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank.

 

CalFresh

COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused interruptions in the financial stability of many families throughout our community. California continues to offer its CalFresh program to help financially disadvantaged families and individuals secure healthy and nutritious foods. To find out if you are eligible, please visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/food-nutrition/calfresh.

Effective March 18, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to extend the eligibility period for many of the important safety net services that California currently offers. The order waived eligibility re-determination for 90 days, allowing current recipients of CalFresh food assistance, Medi-Cal health coverage, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants, and In-Home Supportive Services to continue to receive these services and benefits without interruption. For more information regarding the executive order, visit: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/18/governor-newsom-issues-executive-order-to-protect-ongoing-safety-net-services-for-most-vulnerable-californians-during-covid-19-outbreak/

 

Volunteering

As our local food banks increase the number of community members they serve, they require more helping hands. To find out how you can support their important services, visit www.serve.ca.gov or www.cafoodbanks.org.

Additionally, California has launched a new volunteering initiative for community members to be matched with volunteering opportunities based on their particular skill sets or interests. To learn more, visit www.californiansforall.ca.gov

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

 

Supporting Local Businesses

Our local businesses are part of what makes our community so vibrant! To find out which local businesses are open and offering takeout or delivery options, visit the links below:

City of Corona

 

City of Eastvale

 

City of Jurupa Valley

 

City of Moreno Valley

 

City of Norco

 

City of Perris

 

City of Riverside

 

For the latest information on California’s COVID-19/coronavirus response, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/ or call California’s new statewide COVID-19 Hotline at 833-544-2374.

My offices continue to remain open to serve our district and our communities. If you have any questions regarding food options in your area or any other questions about the COVID-19/Coronavirus response, please reach out to our office.

 

Social Media

Twitter: @GeneralRoth

   Facebook: @majgen.roth

 

Thank you again for your patience during this difficult time. Although it seems that the world around us is changing every day, with resilience and compassion we will get through this together.

 

Very sincerely,

 

Richard D. Roth

Senator, 31st District