In this safer-at-home environment, the City of Compton’s leadership team is working diligently alongside our community partners to ensure residents have access to essential resources during this uncertain and challenging time. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents, which is why we are closely monitoring updates and recommendations from state and Los Angeles County health officials on a daily basis. We take our oath to serve seriously and now is the time when the community needs us most, especially seniors who are particularly at risk with COVID-19. Early on, the City Council declared a local emergency to limit the spread of the virus. We took quick action to cancel community events and we are hopeful that the actions taken across California will help slow the spread.
As LA County closed Senior Congregate Meals at the Dollarhide Center to reduce exposure, the distribution promptly began delivering 5 to 10 frozen or shelf stable meals to each senior registered in the program in the safety of their homes. Please call (800) 510-2020 for questions about the senior meal program. LA County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department also has a free delivery service for older adults by calling (888) 863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
In addition to the meals through the County, the Compton Chamber of Commerce has developed a food bank program for Compton residents, utilizing Compton Careerlink as the sorting and distribution hub. Drive through pick up is available Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and delivery is available to seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and any person with a need. For more information, please visit 700 N. Bullis Road or call (310) 631-8611.
To unify our city's collective efforts, we launched the “Compton United Resource Effort” also known as CURE to connect, coordinate and distribute vital resources through trusted community organizations. We are fortunate to have a community that is pulling together like never before to support each other in the midst of this crisis. Several local organizations have launched food banks and supply pantries, including:
·The Salvation Army
·Pentecostals of Compton
·Shields For Families (Foodbank for community residence)
·Greater Zion Church Family
·City on the Hill Church
·Sylvia Nunn’s Angels
·Alma’s Backyard Farms
·Compton Community Garden
Stores and grocers are offering special senior hours. Below are stores in Compton that are doing so:
·Grocery Outlet: Open 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors.
·Food 4 Less: Open 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for seniors.
·Walmart: First hour before stores open every Tuesday.
·Target: First shopping hour of every Wednesday.
·Northgate Market: First hour just for seniors and disabled customers.
·Vallarta Supermarkets: Open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors
·Smart & Final: Open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors.
Los Angeles County has extended the Safer-at-Home order to May 15th and all residents in the county are now mandated to wear a face mask in public, including when you are grocery shopping or visiting a food bank.
We have compiled COVID-19 resources for Compton residents online at comptoncity.org/ COVID19. For residents without internet access, we are also airing regular updates on our local Channel 36 and we have mailed a City newsletter to each household which includes resources for COVID-19.
Even though we must all stay 6 feet apart, it is a very important time to come together as a community. Many people, especially our seniors, have been self-quarantined for months and it can be difficult to be separated from our loved ones. While we are all practicing social distancing, I ask that you also do your best to check in on your senior neighbors that may need some help in the face of this unprecedented crisis.
For our seniors, please remember there is always someone to talk to, whether it is a family member, friend, or neighbor. California has a hotline for COVID-19 resources ((833) 544-2374) and they also have a designated senior hotline that seniors can call for emotional support or if they just need someone to talk with ((888) 670-1360).
To our residents, thank you for everything you are doing to help slow the spread and for helping keep our community strong. I am thankful to serve with a unified City Council and leadership team that are committed to the health and safety of our residents. Together, we will overcome this crisis and emerge Compton strong.