There have been a lot of changes in the San Diego community due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). As organizations are adjusting to this new normal, Alzheimer’s San Diego is carefully tracking important local resources.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list for your convenience. Keep reading to find out about local grocery stores with modified hours for seniors, meal delivery, transportation, adult day care, temporary cancellations, and other vital social services.

HOT-MEAL DELIVERY:

  • Jewish Family Services: JFS is providing home-delivered meals. You do not need to identify as Jewish access services. Call 858.637.3210.
  • Mama’s Kitchen: Home Delivered Meals are offered to those diagnosed with a critical illness. To qualify, you must have a medical provider fill out a referral form, which is followed by an intake call before they can begin delivery. Open from Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Mama’s Kitchen at 619.233.6262 or email them at
    clientservices@mamaskitchen.org.
  • Meals on Wheels: They are operating as normal, but increasing volunteer numbers to help with meal delivery. Contact them at 619.260.6110.
  • Monica & Milano Sliwa: They shop and deliver in the San Diego area to seniors 65+ who are unable to shop for themselves. They speak English, Chaldean, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic.
    Email: milanosliwa21@gmail.com
  • Mountain Health: They are offering discounted meals delivered to seniors, 60+, who live in either Alpine, Campo, Jacumba, Boulevard, or Potrero. Contact them at 619.445.6200 ext. 500.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION:

  • Community Through Hope: This agency will function as an Emergency Nutrition and Diaper Bank Site. They will be open for drive through emergency services only T–Th from 8-10 AM, with the line starting to form at 7:30 AM. All other case management services have been suspended until further notice.
  • Feeding San Diego: They are operating as normal with multiple food distribution sites throughout the county. They typically do not distribute cleaning supplies unless someone thinks to donate them. Text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find the nearest site. Email them at info@feedingsandiego.org or call them at 858.452.3663.
  • San Diego Food Bank: They are operating as normal. There are multiple food distribution sites throughout the county. Click the link to view. They are low on donations of cleaning supplies at this time due to supply shortages. There are two locations the first located at: 9850 Distribution Ave., San Diego, CA 92121 (M-F 8 AM-5 PM). Call their local line at 858.527.1419 or their toll-free line at 1-866-350-FOOD (3663). Their second location is at 1445 Engineer St. #110, Vista, CA 92081 (M – F; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Contact them at the same phone number.
  • San Diego Humane Society: The San Diego Humane Society will be distributing pet food and supplies for county pet owners in need. You can visit any of the three locations below between 10 AM – 4 PM.
    • San Diego: 5480 Gaines St.
    • Escondido: 3500 Burnet Dr.
    • Oceanside: 2905 San Luis Rey Rd. or 572 Airport Rd.
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition: This website breaks down the following categories: Meals for Kids, Food Banks, WIC, CalFresh, and Senior/Congregate Meals.
  • St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church: They are providing food every Sunday at 2 PM at 16275 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064.

GROCERY/FOOD DELIVERY:

  • Amazon Prime Now: Offers tens of thousands of items across dozens of categories, including
    household items and groceries. Delivers from early morning to late evening, 7 days a week.
    Delivery fees vary based on order size.
  • Instacart: Groceries delivered from local stores.
  • Stay Home SD: Volunteers can go grocery shopping for seniors 619.800.3252.
  • Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center: The senior center has volunteers (serving RSF and surrounding areas) who can provide help with grocery shopping, errands, etc. Call the senior center to be placed in contact with a volunteer: 858.756.3041, Available (by phone only) Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM.
  • Uber Eats: They are offering a $0 delivery fee for orders placed to local restaurants.

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GROCERY STORE SPECIAL HOURS:

  • Aldi: Seniors and those with compromised immune systems are allowed TTh 8:30-9:30 AM.
  • Albertsons: Check with your store as the hours may vary but from seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are allowed TTh 7-9 AM.
  • Baron’s Market: Seniors are allowed from M-Sun 9-10 AM.
  • Big Lots: Seniors and vulnerable people are allowed during the 1st hour of business. There is also curbside pickup available.
  • Big Saver Foods: Seniors 65+ are allowed M-Sun 7:30-8 AM.
  • Cardenas Market: Seniors, disabled, caregivers, and first responders are allowed M-Sun 7-8 AM.
  • Costco: Seniors 60+ (no guests) are allowed TTh 8-9 AM.
  • Dollar General: Seniors and vulnerable people are allowed during the 1st hour of business.
  • Food4Less: Please call the store for more information as hours differ based on the store location.
  • Gelson’s: Seniors 65+ are allowed M-Sun from 7-8 AM at PB, Del Mar, and Carlsbad locations.
  • Jimbo’s: Seniors 60+ and disabled persons are allowed M-Sun 8-8:45 AM.
  • Military Commissaries: Naval Base Commissary North Island Commissary, Miramar MCAS
    Commissary & Imperial Beach Commissary: Seniors allowed 30 Minutes prior to store opening, no guests allowed, 100% ID check. *Please verify normal hours.
  • Northgate Market Chain: All eight locations are open for ages 65+ and disabled customers M-Sun 7-8 AM.
  • Ralph’s: Seniors and disabled persons are allowed M-Sun 6 AM- 7:30 AM
  • Safeway: Seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are allowed T-Th 7-9 AM.
  • Sam’s Club: Seniors and those with compromised immune systems or disabilities are allowed T-Th 7-9 AM.
  • Seaside Market: Seniors 65+ are allowed M-Sun 7-8 AM.
  • Smart & Final: Seniors are allowed M-Sun 7:30-8 AM.
  • Stater Bros: Seniors 65+ are allowed M-Sun 7:45-8 AM.
  • Super A Foods: Seniors 65+ are allowed M-Sun 7-8 AM.
  • Trader Joe’s: Seniors are allowed M-Sun 9-10 AM.
  • Target: Seniors and vulnerable people are allowed Wed 8-9 AM.
  • Vallarta: At the Escondido & National City locations seniors 65+, pregnant women, and those with disabilities are allowed M-Sun 7-8 AM.
  • Vons: Seniors and vulnerable people are allowed M-F 7-9 AM.
  • Walmart: Seniors 60+ are allowed 1 hour before opening on Tuesday.
  • Whole Foods: Seniors 60+ are allowed 1 hour before opening.

TRANSPORTATION:

  • FACT (transportation): FACT is coordinating FREE county-wide transportation to seniors through April 15th. Call them at 888.924.3228. They are open Mon-Fri 8 AM-3 PM.

RESPITE/CARE:

  • George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Centers:  Their licensing agencies (CDPH & CDSS) consider Glenner an essential service to the community so all three adult day care centers (Encinitas, Hillcrest, Town Square) remain open during regularly scheduled operating hours for currently enrolled participants as well as new participants on a case-by-case basis. At each center, they are diligently following all CDC precautionary guidelines including screening people as they come in to ensure they are not experiencing any symptoms. They have the ability to establish social distancing within the program because of space and are adding a third lunch period to increase space. 
  • Silverado Memory Care: They have the capacity for short term respite care.
  • Southern Caregiver Resource Center: SCRC has suspended all in-person contact, including counseling, support groups, and classes. Their team is working remotely and able to provide phone or video support. Both respite programs still providing in-home support, unless/until vendors suspend services. Contact them at 858-268-4432.
  • St. Paul’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE): St. Paul’s PACE will continue to provide services at all of our PACE 3 locations ( Chula Vista, San Diego Downton and El Cajon). They are still enrolling new participants who are 55 and older and may need help with daily activities or transportation to and from medical appointments. For more information or to see if you qualify call 1.833.PACE.NOW or visit the link.

BUSINESS AID:

GENERAL SERVICES:

  • 2-1-1: is the primary point of contact for all county services (community, health, housing, nutrition, disaster services). Individuals who are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are now eligible for food stamps (SNAP). Call 2-1-1 to apply.
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance: COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians
  • ElderHelp: They are accepting referrals and sending out enrollment information for their Are You Okay program. They are also providing resources by phone. Their current focus is on existing clients with tasks such as grocery shopping and dropping off bags at the door. They are also assisting with picking up medications and taking clients to essential medical appointments. Contact them at 619.284.9281.
  • OASIS: Oasis has gone virtual and has launched FREE uplifting daily classes. No registrations are required; people can access these daily freebies from our website. Contact them at 619.881.6262.
  • Sharp Resource Center: Sharp is connecting clients/families to community resources by telephone. No education classes are available. Their office is closed for now, and all services are being provided by phone at 619.740.4214.
  • YANA (You are Not Alone Service): They have stopped all visits and outreach is being made via phone. The Sheriff’s department continues to conduct welfare checks.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Live Well San Diego: Live Well @ Home is a free resource to help community residents find tips and strategies to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home. Activities are organized by age group and topic to help you find the right tools to match your needs.
  • SDG&E is urging customers who are struggling to pay their utility bills due to financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus to call its Customer Contact Center at 1.800.411.7343 to make payment arrangements. Learn more by clicking the link.
  • Pharmacies: Click the link for an updated list of local pharmacies that will make home deliveries to older adults sheltering in place.
  • Nutrition and Fitness Resources This resource guide comes from the county.
  • UCSD’s Sanford Institute and the Compassion Institute have come together to offer daily online streams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion sessions to provide support to those affected by COVID-19.
  • Check out our guide on staying healthy while caring for someone with dementia.

CANCELLATIONS/SHUTDOWNS:

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*Note: This resource list will be continually updated for accuracy. Please contact the organizations directly with any questions.