Food Resources for Seniors and At-Risk Populations:
Senior Shopping Hours
Several stores in Union City are offering special times for seniors to shop to avoid crowds. Call these stores to double check their hours, as they are subject to change:
Costco: 8:00AM - 9:00AM; Tues, Weds, Thurs
Lucky’s: 7:00AM - 9:00AM; Tues & Thurs
Target: 8:00AM - 9:00AM; Tues & Weds
Smart & Final: 6:00AM - 8:00AM; Tues & Thurs
FoodMaxx: 6:00AM - 9:00AM; Tues & Thurs
The USDA Farms to Families Food Program will be distributing FREE pre-packaged boxes of vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy boxes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 am at the Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City. Please note: Drive through pickup is no longer allowed. Please park, wear a mask, and practice social distancing while in line. All food is on a first come, first served basis.
TCV Food Bank delivers free bags of goods (fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and other items) to the Ruggieri Senior Center (33997 Alvarado Niles Rd) on the first and third Monday of the month from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Pre-made bags are first come, first served. Contact Kellie Barron for more information: email@example.com or 510.675.5495.
Spectrum Services Inc. delivers bagged lunches for seniors at the Ruggieri Senior Center (33997 Alvarado Niles Rd), Mondays through Thursdays at noon. A $3.75 donation is preferred. Recipients must be age 65 or older, and must make a reservation 24 hours in advance. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.675.5495.
The Alameda County Community Food Bank is operating a drive-through food pantry distribution on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave Pleasanton, CA 94566). Pre-packaged emergency food bags, boxes, and/or produce will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Centro de Servicios provides free milk, eggs, and bread, upon availability, at 33750 6th St. Tuesdays through Fridays, starting at 10 a.m. For more information, call 510.489.4100.
Our Lady of the Rosary (703 C St) is distributing bagged dinners on Fridays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
St Vincent DePaul (3777 Decoto Rd) opens their food pantry Monday through Friday and on Sundays. Call 510.706.5852.
Food Pantry/Urgent Living Resources (Food, Diapers, Hygiene Products, and more): Call Union City Family Center at 510-476-2770; Go to unioncityfamilycenter.org
Raja Sweets & Indian Cuisine (31853 Alvarado Blvd.): Free food for Union City seniors and families in need, every day from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
School meals: New Haven Unified School District will have four sites available throughout the District for free “Grab and Go” breakfasts and lunches for all students. “Grab and Go” locations are: James Logan High, Cesar Chavez Middle, Alvarado Elementary, and Hillview Crest Elementary School, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Grab and Go will expand to Fridays starting on September 25.
LIFE ElderCare is a local non-profit that provides free services & support for Alameda County seniors. If you are 60+ and have no one to help you during the shelter-in-place, LIFE can provide you with Meals on Wheels, deliver groceries from the food bank (bags delivered as-is; no specific requests or substitutions), match you with a volunteer “phone buddy”, or help out with other essential support.
Please call 510-894-0370, email info@LifeElderCare.org, or sign up at www.TriCityAtRisk.com to get started.
Sikh Food Pantry is taking online food orders for home delivery. This service is for seniors and those who are unable to leave their homes. Order online at www.tinyurl.com/sikhfoodpantry. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Great Plates Delivered: Alameda County’s Great Plates Delivered program supports older adults in need of food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis with home-delivered meals from area restaurants and vendors. Seniors residing in Union City may read about eligibility and enroll online here: https://acgreatplates.acgov.org/
CalFresh is California’s food benefits program, formerly known as food stamps. Recipients of CalFresh receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer card which functions like a debit card, where a monthly stipend is deposited to spend on food. The application process has become easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients of food benefits can now use their EBT card to buy groceries online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com. SSI recipients may also apply for CalFresh benefits! Public charge does not apply to food benefits received by other members of your family, including your children. To see if you are eligible for CalFresh food assistance and to apply, visit www.foodnow.net, an intake portal which is administered by the Alameda County Food Bank.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families can buy food in most grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Families can also use their P-EBT cards to make food purchases online.
Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving in May 2020. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before July 15, 2020. P-EBT is a one time benefit. Meaning, that eligible families who are required to apply and do not do so by July 15, 2020 will not be able to receive benefits once the online application closes. Your immigration status is not affected if you participate in P-EBT. Learn more at https://ca.p-ebt.org/info.