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COVID-19 Senior Resources

The City of Santa Monica, like cities across the United States, is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that every resident has access to the resources they need during this unprecedented time. Below is a list of resources available to our seniors, such as food services, health and wellbeing services, and more.


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Mental Health and Hotlines

Seniors in need of support during this difficult time can call the 24/7 Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Hotline at (800) 854-7771.

Resources for Coping with Stress

LA County Department of Mental Health

California Surgeon General's Playbook on Stress Relief during COVID-19

Center for Disease Control

Advice on Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

World Health Organization

National Alliance on Mental Health

Hotlines

Crisis Text Line

Connect with a trained crisis counselor  to receive free crisis support via text message.

  • Contact: Text “LA” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Contact: (800) 273-8255

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • Contact: (800) 985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Contact: (800) 662-4357

GoldenTalk

Assists seniors facing social isolation through warm conversations and also provides referrals and works closely with multiple agencies within Los Angeles County in the event of a crisis.

Los Angeles County Adult Protective Service Elder Abuse Hotline

To report elder abuse and neglect.

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Groceries and Food

Seniors should follow the Safer at Home order and reach out to family, friends, neighbors or their faith communities to help with food or prescription deliveries to limit their possible exposure to COVID-19.

If you do go out, remember that face coverings are required at all essential businesses like grocery stores, and that there may still be a long line to get in, as stores need to keep people inside at a safe distance.

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Free Food Resources

Emergency Food Pantry at Virginia Ave Park

Pre-assembled food bags, one per household. Open to Santa Monica residents and families with children enrolled in SMMUSD

  • Pick Up: Virginia Avenue Park - Thelma Terry Center, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Appointment Only.
  • Contact: (424) 410-1354, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • More information: English Flyer | (En Español)

St. Monica Catholic Church

  • Pick Up: 725 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403,
  • Contact: (310) 458-6042
  • Learn More: http://www.stmonica.net/

Salvation Army – Santa Monica

Free food boxes for anyone in need, including seniors. Volunteer-delivered meals available for home-bound residents.

  • Pick Up: 1533 4th, Santa Monica; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Contact: (310) 451-1358, extension 2113
  • Learn More: English Flyer

Westside Food Bank

Operates food pantries across the Westside, including Virginia Avenue Park

  • Contact: (310) 828-6016

Senior Meal Services

Meals On Wheels West

Free meal delivery for home-bound Santa Monica and Westside residents.

Salvation Army

Free food boxes for anyone in need, including seniors. Volunteer-delivered meals available for home-bound residents.

  • Pick-Up: 1533 4th, Santa Monica; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Contact: (310) 451-1358, extension 2113
  • Learn more: English Flyer

WISE & Healthy Aging Ken Edwards Center

  • Program: WISE Diner Program
  • Pick-Up: 1527 4th St., Santa Monica; Mondays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Curbside pick-up preferred. Park and pickup from inside if there is a long queue
  • Contact: (310) 394-9871

Great Plates Delivered

The County of Los Angeles will be participating in the State of California’s ‘Great Plates Delivered’ initiative. The initiative will provide three meals per day to older adults while supporting local workers and stimulating the local economy.


Food Assistance

CalFresh

California’s Nutrition Assistance Program provides eligible low-income households with up to $196/month on an EBT/Debit Card to increase their food-buying power at grocery stores and farmers markets.

The State of California has authorized an emergency CalFresh benefit allotment for eligible households. Emergency CalFresh benefits for April will be issued on Sunday, May 10.

As of April 28, 2020 you can use your CalFresh EBT card to make purchases online. Individuals and families can purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart.

Programs to Save Money on Utilities and Food

A round up of 5 programs to lower your utility and food bills.

For more information about Utilities, visit the Community Resources page


Grocery Stores

Remember that face coverings are required at businesses like grocery stores, and that there may still be a long line to get in, as stores need to keep people inside at a safe distance.

Bob’s Market

  • Senior 65+ Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., Monday - Friday
  • Location 1650 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 452-2493
  • Web: https://www.bobsmkt.com/
  • Offers delivery, only accepts orders via phone

Bristol Farms

  • Senior 62+ Hours: 7 days a week, 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Location 3105 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 829-3137
  • Web: https://www.bristolfarms.com/

Co-opportunity Market & Deli

Costco Wholesale

  • Senior 60+ Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location: 13463 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, (310) 754-2003
  • Web: Costco Wholesale

Erewhon

  • Senior 65+ Hours: 7 days a week, 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Location: 2800 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (424) 433-8111
  • Web: https://www.erewhonmarket.com/

Gelson’s

  • Senior 65+ Hours: 7 days a week, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m
  • Location: 2627 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 581-6450
  • Web: https://www.gelsons.com/

Pavilions

  • Senior 65+ Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location: 820 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (877) 505-4040
  • Web: https://www.pavilions.com/
  • Offers delivery service

Ralphs

Tender Greens

  • Senior 65+ Hours: Not available
  • Location: 201 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 587-2777
  • Web: tendergreens.com
  • Offers delivery and pickup

Trader Joe’s

  • Senior 65+ Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Locations:
    • 3212 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 581-0253
    • 2300 Wilshire Blvd. #101, Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 264-2223
  • Web: https://www.traderjoes.com/

Vons

  • Senior 65+ Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location: 710 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 260-0260
  • Web: https://www.vons.com/
  • Offers delivery and accepts online orders

Whole Foods Market

  • Senior 60+ Hours: 7 days a week, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
  • Locations:
    • 1311 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 394-1414
    • 1425 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 576-4707
    • 2201 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 315-0662
    • 2121 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, (310) 752-1155
    • 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, (310) 566-9480
  • Web: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
  • Online order via Amazon Fresh

Pharmacies

CVS

  • Senior 65+ Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location: 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 319-1318
  • Offers delivery, only accepts online orders

Rite Aid

  • Senior 60+ Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.,
  • Locations:
    • 1331 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 458-0731
    • 1808 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 829-3951
    • 2412 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 450-7624

Walgreens

  • Senior 55+ Hours: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.,
  • Locations:
    • 1911 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 526-4496
    • 1932 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 829- 9264
  • Offers delivery through Postmates

Delivery/Pickup Services and Volunteers

LA County Workforce Development Aging Community Services – Critical Services Delivery

Free pick up and delivery service for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Available up to 4 times or 40 miles per month (whichever comes first). Items must be pre-paid and ready for pick-up.

All Together LA (originally Santa Monica Helpers)

Local volunteer group that can help seniors run errands, obtain groceries, or lend an ear to listen.

Postmates

Instacart

Doordash

Uber Eats

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Transportation

ADA/Paratransit

Access Services

ADA Complementary Paratransit service for functionally disabled individuals in Los Angeles County. If you are an access member you qualify for free bus rides on all local bus service.

  • Contact:
    • Apply: (800) 827-0829
    • Reservations: (800) 883-1295
  • Hours:
    • Operation:
    • Reservations:
  • Learn more: accessservices.org

Mobility on Demand Everyday (MODE)

MODE is operating normal service, after receiving a stay on a court order that would have required Lyft to shut down. 

  • Contact: (310) 458-6633 (MODE)
  • Hours:
    • Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Saturday/Sunday: Discontinued
    • Reservations: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 am. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Learn more: bigbluebus.com/MODE

Medical Trips

Some health insurance providers offer transportation for critical medical appointments, such as dialysis and chemotherapy. Contact your health insurance provider or medical treatment center for more details.

Buses and Trains

Big Blue Bus

Service Adjustments: Free rides; rear-door boarding only (except for wheelchair and strollers).

  • Contact: (310) 451-5444 or via Santa Monica Works app.
  • Hours:
    • Customer Service: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Blue: The Transit Store is Closed
  • Learn more: Full-service modification details

Metro

Service Adjustments: Free rides; rear-door boarding only (except for wheelchairs)

  • Contact: (323) 466-3876
  • Hours:
    • Customer Service: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Learn more: Full service modification details

Transportation Network Companies

Uber and Lyft

  • Shared ride options suspended; Single rides option continues

Taxi! Taxi!

Yellow Cab

Public Bike Share Programs

Breeze 

  • Fee: Unlimited free 90 minute rides until the end of Safer at Home for all plans.
  • Enroll in Pay as You Go for no enrollment charge.
  • Breeze service available thru November 11, 2020.
  • Web: https://www.santamonicabikeshare.com

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Reporting Scams and Suspected Elder Fraud

Immediate Help 

National Center for Disaster Fraud

Reporting Elder Abuse

Non-Life-Threatening Emergencies

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Elder Fraud Hotline

  • Hours: Weekdays, 3 a.m. - 8 p.m., Pacific Standard Time
  • Contact: (833) 372-8311

Eldercare Locator Helpline

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., PST
  • Contact: (800) 677-1116, webchat, or email.
  • Learn More: eldercare.acl.gov

Victim Connect Hotline

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Other Services

Santa Monica Public Library

Digital resources, audiobooks, and e-books residents can access online 24/7 with their library card. Library staff can also help seniors find specialized services and information about agencies, educational resources, and more.

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