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(KION) Governor Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference Friday that he launching an initiative to help seniors isolating during the state's stay at home order.
Newsom said the initiative will include a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls and the expansion of Friendship Line California to prevent social isolation.
“The most important way for older Californians to stay safe is to stay at home,” Newsom said. “These programs will provide older, vulnerable Californians with access to nutritious meals in the safety of their homes and the opportunity to connect with someone who can listen to their concerns and make sure their needs are met. We are all in this together and we will continue to support older Californians who are more at risk during this public health emergency.”
The delivery program will make sure seniors have consistent access to meals while staying at home. The Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors program will work with restaurants in the community to make meals that will be delivered to seniors. Newsom said it will also support restaurants that have lost business as a result of the program. For more information about which areas are participating, check the website here.
The Social Bridging Project will involve 1,000 callers reaching out to seniors isolating at home to prevent social isolation. The callers are expected to check on their well-being, connect them with resources and connect with them on a personal level.
The state is also expanding Friendship Line California to support seniors. The line is toll-free and intended to provide emotional support for seniors dealing with loneliness, isolation and anxiety. Friendship Line California can be reached at 1-888-670-1360.