Senior citizens in the Tri-Valley can still get free meals during the coronavirus crisis, despite a “shelter in place” order.
Open Heart Kitchen, a non-profit that serves the Tri-Valley region of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, shut down its usual seating area, but continues to provide lunches to seniors who request it. Seniors, ages 60 plus, in Pleasanton can go to a curb-side pickup for their to-go lunches at the Pleasanton Senior Center located at 5353 Sunol Boulevard from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those in Dublin can pick up their meals at the Dublin Senior Center at 7600 Amador Valley Boulevard also between 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Those in Livermore can pick up their meals at the Robert Livermore Community Community Center at 4444 East Avenue in Livermore, from 12 to 1 p.m, Monday through Friday.
Seniors must call before 1 p.m. the day prior at 925-500-8241, to reserve their meal. They can also reserve meals up to one week in advance. Although they must call, other family members, friends or neighbors can physically pick up the meal for them, said Denise Bridges, development director for Open Heart Kitchen.
The non-profit averages about 1,900 senior meals per month.
Since their dining rooms are closed, the agency has also partnered with another nonprofit, City Serve Tri-Valley, that is delivering meals to the homeless population in the area, Bridges said.
Schools throughout the region have also continued their lunch programs for students, including Dublin Unified, Livermore Valley Unified and Pleasanton Unified. For a full list of where and when students can pick up lunches, visit Alameda County Office of Education’s page, at www.acoe.org/Page/989.
Source: Angela Ruggiero, Bay Area News Group, 3/20/2020, https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/03/19/seniors-can-get-free-meals-in-tri-valley-during-coronavirus-shut-down/